Visual artist Katie Moore is creating a new installation Entropy which will be exhibited at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar from Friday, May 4 and will run until Sunday, June 2.
Entropy acknowledges a certain time in Ireland. Compelled by a conversation Katie had with historian Catherine Corless, she visited the site of the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam. She observed the weeds that now grow at the site, and from there started to look at flowers - the delicate blossoms of gypsophila to be exact, a flower also known as baby's breath. The resulting work Entropy is an installation made from baby's breath.
Katie Moore says: "I was intrigued by the name baby’s breath – 'breath' meaning life, being the opposite of death. I hope the installation of gypsophila will create a presence of an absence in an abstract way.
"Entropy is the natural decline from order to disorder. We all hope to come from a point of order in our lives: born into a family unit, loved, fed. We want to be surrounded by orderly systems such as education and societal connection.
"Nothing, then, can prepare us for those imposters which career our safe and secure lives toward entropy; falling in love, suffering loss, experiencing life-altering illness. My own work is inspired by my life experience living with long-term illness."
A graduate of GMIT, Katie was Artist-in-Residence at the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, creating the installation Paper Bloom and a limited edition publication. She created work for the On Sight 2016 sculpture trail at the National Museum of Ireland and for the 186th Annual RHA Exhibition.
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