Image shown: Sick Selfie by Jane McCormick

Centred is an exhibition organised by Ceramics Ireland celebrating the breadth of contemporary Irish ceramic practice. The exhibition showcase the work of 35, Irish and Ireland based makers, selected by an independent panel, working across the spectrum of clay practice from functional to decorative and video installation. The show runs until 5 October at Farmleigh House Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin. The exhibition features a series of limited edition bone china plates entitled Sick Selfies by Jane McCormick.

Jane McCormick is a artist based in Cavan with a background in Ceramic Sculpture. The scale of her practice has been much reduced in recent years as a result of living with chronic illness. Last year she received an award from the Rehab Arts Fund to buy an Ipad which has allowed her to continue making work in a way that is sustainable given my much reduced stamina. My Ipad goes everywhere with me now from bed, to sofa, to hospital waiting rooms, documenting my adventures both real and imaginary, as she negotiates her way around the land of the sick.

The Sick Selfie images could be viewed as disjointed narrative of a disjointed stop start life. They also take a wry look at the many way euphemisms are used to avoid telling it like it is when asked the question ‘how are you today?’. The Sick Selfie images started life as a series of prints and artists books but have found their true home on the bone china plates now on show in Centred.


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