New Generation Gallery

Ava Drennan

Joint Hons. B.A. Education and Applied Materials , National College of Art and Design

New Generation Gallery

Drawing inspiration from the Greek myth of Ceres & Persephone. Eavan Boland uses this poem as a metaphor for herself & her daughter coming to terms with her daughter becoming a woman. Referencing marriage, womanhood & motherhood while holding on to nostalgic notions. I’m reinterpreting such themes by looking at womanhood through family heirloom clothing. As a joint education student I devised art classes which enabled conversation & storytelling. My teaching context has influenced my final degree project of daughter/mother & the shifting roles & relationships between them. The pieces reference my family heirlooms made in Irish Crochet Lace and Aran knitting. These processes were taught over generations, from mother to daughter in domestic contexts. These textile articles were heirlooms for domestic use & wear to reinforce this cyclical mother daughter relationship. “The Dress” as object or ‘To Dress’ as a verb, galvanises the milestone moment of the “wedding”, significant for both.

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Persephone picking flowers
Ceres and Persephone Together
Ceres looking for Persephone