Image show: There is no smoke without fire

May the depths you have reached hold you still is a salon event and ongoing exhibition at deAppendix, 30 Ardagh Grove, Blackrock, Co.Dublin on view until 24 October 2014. The exhibition features the work of Blathnaid Ní Mhurchú.

According to Blathnaid, “My practice is preoccupied with nature and has a singular focus on the interaction between humans and Nature. I draw on my experience of the landscapes and environments surrounding me to explore contemporary ecological and sociological concerns.

Being on residency at The Yukon Wildlife Preserve this summer had a profound effect on my thoughts about the work. Experiencing this arctic and boreal landscape was intensely thought provoking about ‘The Wilderness’ and Nature itself. While there I was influenced by James McKinnon’s essay ‘False Idyll’, which articulates my desire to express the complexities of nature. The ephemeral beauty in Nature and mankind’s interactions with, and intrusions into, this world is what I wish to explore. It fascinates me that we, while part of nature, live constantly on the edge of death and despite enormous technological advances we cannot exist without this mysterious support structure that we did not create.

This body of work delves into my documentary research carried out within The Natural History Museum storage facility, Dublin and my residency in The Yukon, Canada. These two strands come together to provide the visitor with a taste of the multi-sensory experiences of this past year.”

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