Class of 2023 • Painting

Mary Ellen Mc Cormack

Mary Ellen Mc Cormack
Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


Through archival research, land combing, memorabilia from auction houses,historical reading and found objects my work explores and investigates historicalhappenings.My work through photography, drawing, painting, and poetry, utilises these objectsand research as a catalyst for creation, creating a palimpsest of ancestral marks andtraces. My work lays bare the facts, acknowledges the Historical event andsociological behaviour of the period.My process utilises everyday household cleaning, methods, and techniques.Materials of bleach, ink and wax are used to depict the event. These materials aresymbolic of cleaning, recording of historical accounts, through the written word andwax symbolic of establishments attempts to cover up or embellish the event of theperiod. My work bears testament to these historical happenings /facts and depicts thatshadows and marks from the past remain in the present.“What lies Beneath” – 2021 was created in response to Immigration, focusing onnostalgic remembrances both reflective and restorative of the immigrant as theyreflect on transhistorical written and verbal accounts of their native land as theresettle in a new foreign land.“Pillars of Creation” -2022 was created in response to one of the Hubble SpaceTelescopes, images by James Webb -space telescope. The pillars are part of theEagle Nebula, also known as M-16, in the plane of the Milky Way, over 6,500 lightyears from earth.“Shadows of the Past “was created in 2023 for my degree show, this series wascreated in response to the Colonisation of Ireland- depicts the eradication of theindigenous people by rules and oppression.
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