Artist Marie Brett and poet Mary Dorcey will discuss the intersections of poetry, film, public artworks and gallery contexts in relation to E.gress, a film exploring the twilight world of dementia, on 27 November 2015 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). E.gress was produced by Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan following an intensive collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The film is being shown in IMMA’s Project Spaces until 13 December 2015.

Marie Brett is a Cork-based artist who creates art that responds to culturally shunned and tricky subjects, often related to ideas of loss and human suffering. Marie’s work develops through curiosity and is customarily informed by considerable research periods and collaboration with individuals who have direct experience of loss. Marie’s approach to collaboration with community and place, to inform and influence the making of new work, has gained international interest. Material responses include photography, sound, video and sculptural form and her art practice is predominantly site and project specific, including gallery-based work and temporary immersive situations. Brett has received numerous awards for her practice and her artwork is held in collections nationally and internationally.

Mary Dorcey, born in Dublin, is an award-winning poet, short story writer and novelist. Both for her groundbreaking and seductive love poetry and her unflinching testimony to the travails of aging and death, Dorcey has been acclaimed as a poet of remarkable insight and courageous witness. She has published four previous volumes of poetry: Kindling (Only Women Press, 1982), Moving into the Space Cleared by Our Mothers (Salmon Poetry, 1991), The River That Carries Me (Salmon Poetry, 1995) and Like Joy In Season, Like Sorrow (Salmon, 2001). In 1990, she won the Rooney Prize for Literature for her short story collection, A Noise from the Woodshed. Her bestselling novel Biography of Desire (Poolbeg) was published in 1997 and she has recently completed a new novel, Fate. Dorcey is at present a Research Associate at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of Aosdána. She now lives in County Wicklow.

Artist Talk
Date: Friday, 27 November
Time: 1 – 2pm
Venue: Project Spaces, IMMA
Booking: This is a free event but places must be booked in advance at

A film about the making of E.gress, featuring interviews with Marie Brett and Jon Hinchliffe from the ASI, is available to view at

For further information on E.gress at IMMA visit


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