Humans and Other Animals

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Title: Humans and Other Animals
Other Titles: Janet Mullarney, Catherine Marshall and Mary Ryder (eds), Irish Academic Press, 222 pp, €45, ISBN: 978-1788550925
Authors: Kennedy, Roisin Askale
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Date: 1-Apr-2020
Online since: 2021-02-08T17:17:09Z
Abstract: Janet Mullarney is a unique publication, a compilation of short personal tributes to the artist, and a complete and concise archive of her works from 1962 to 2019. Designed by Vermillion, the book is lavishly illustrated with full-page colour photographs of Mullarney’s work, some in detail and in installation, offering the reader unprecedented insights into the range and diversity of her output over the years. As a consequence, the publication is primarily visual in its impact. A suite of photographs of Mullarney’s My Minds i exhibition at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in 2015 captures one of her most idiosyncratic and memorable installations. A range of small figures cast enormous shadows on the screen behind them. In contrast the 2010 RHA exhibition Things Made is on a more epic scale, highlighting the diversity of Mullarney’s work and its unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and fantastical imagination. Another image shows Mullarney at work in her studio, a seemingly chaotic and industrial space, where a cupboard painted Tuscan pink hits a familiar note. Another reveals a glimpse of the interior of the artist’s Italian home, where in a spartan white-walled space her large figurative sculptures add an otherworldly dimension. A photograph of the young Mullarney in 1985, shows her reclining amongst a group of her life-size wooden figures. They appear as companions and confidants, revealing of the purpose and meaning of her work.
Type of material: Review
Publisher: Dublin Review of Books
Keywords: Irish artistsRetrospectives
Subject LCSH: Mullarney, Janet, 1952-
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
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