In a partnership between the National Sculpture Factory, Cork County Council and Cork Institute of Technology, artist Danielle Sheehy was selected to undertake a twelve week residency to produce an artwork relating to the interface between the Rural and Urban in Cork City and County.
This project has three components, a preliminary component at the Cork Institute of Technology, in which the artist painted on a disused tennis court and created a major floor-based work in the cafeteria; an installation component, (‘Inscribed Landscape´), to be exhibited at the Crawford Gallery Project Space; and an exterior temporary installation component, (‘Memory of Water´), proposed for Emmet Place, during the Midsummer Festival in 2004.
Danielle Sheehy is concerned with expressing the patterns we create and through which we move in the landscape and bringing back to light the lost waterway movement underlying the contemporary fabric of Cork City. These movement patterns will be expressed in ‘Inscribed Landscape´ as line - based ‘drawings´ into wall mounted ceramic and cement panels, as well as large-scale works on paper. ‘Memory of Water´ will bring line images of ships back to Emmet Place, which was once an area of Maritime Traffic and where ships would have been moored by the Customs House, (now the Crawford Gallery).
This exciting project is an interesting prelude to the Capital of Culture celebrations in 2005, reminding us of the unique and fascinating history of Cork City and County. The work traces the historical pathways often defined by redundant methods of transport, which we re-surface and continue to use and contrasts it with modern roads designed far away from the location for cars not people.
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