Print work based on Ireland’s rich folklore tradition
In 2011, Cork Printmakers invited artist members of the workshop to develop a print work based on Ireland’s rich folklore tradition. Artists were encouraged to develop their own interpretation or depict the narrative of a story precisely. Alternatively, a work could aim to encapsulate a mood or a moment.
Artists were also encouraged, if they felt drawn to, to reinterpret a traditional story bringing it into a contemporary context. There is a rich history for artists to delve from: Celtic Heroes such as Cuchulainn; Fionnand the Fianna; Oisín; Conn of the Hundred Battles; and tales from the countryside that abound in Pookas, changelings; ghosts; banshees and fairies as well as the writings and collections of William Butler Yeats andLady Gregory.
Many artists have looked to fairy tale and legend to inform their work; in 1967 Louis Le Brocquy was commissioned by the publisher Liam Miller to illustrate Thomas Kinsella’s version of The Táin Bó Cuailnge, a prose epic with verse passages which forms the centerpiece of the cycle of Ulster heroic stories. David Hockneydeveloped a series of etchings based on the Six Tales from the Brothers Grimm.
The works submitted for selection to show in The Mythical and the Mundane are executed in a range of printmaking techniques and each artist has tackled the theme from their own individual experience and expression, resulting in an exhibition that is rich and varied.
Work was selected for exhibition by Dr. Stiofán Ó Cadhla, Ph. D, Head of the Department of Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork.
The Mythical and the Mundane is an exhibition initiated by Cork Printmakers: Aoife Barrett, Conall Cary, Gary Dempsey, Valerie Gleeson, Debbie Godsell, Marcelle Hanselaar, Heike Helig Finn, Marianne Keating, Jo Kelley, Fiona Kelly, Paul La Rocque, Brian Lalor, Aoife Layton, Dermot McCarthy, Linda McConville, Monika Meler, Brid Moynahan, Antonia O’Mahony, Shane O’Driscoll, Sylvia Taylor and Scott Travis.