Deirdre O'Mahony

FARM

FARM

Since 2012 FARM research has been underway with livestock producers in Ireland, the UK and Colorado, USA. The initial focus was on small producers who use an environmental and health-based lens to distinguish and differentiate grass-fed beef and lamb to survive in increasingly competitive marketplaces. An early presentation of this work was presented in publication form for Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Agency. More recently in 2016 a photographic and text installation, FARM was exhibited as part of Hybrid 2 in Donegal Regional Cultural Centre. The project is still at an early stage of development and will be…

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FARM

FARM

Since 2012 FARM research has been underway with livestock producers in Ireland, the UK and Colorado, USA. The initial focus was on small producers who use an environmental and health-based lens to distinguish and differentiate grass-fed beef and lamb to survive in increasingly competitive marketplaces. An early presentation of this work was presented in publication form for Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Agency. More recently in 2016 a photographic and text installation, FARM was exhibited as part of Hybrid 2 in Donegal Regional Cultural Centre. The project is still at an early stage of development and will be…

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Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive

Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive

Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive A collaboration between choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill, composer and musician Tim Collins, academic Nessa Cronin and visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony. The research project was initiated by Dr. Cronin for NUIG. Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive, is an Artists in the Archive project initiated in 2015. A group of artists were commissioned to jointly work in collaboration with Nessa Cronin on the theme of landscape in relation to…

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Groundworks Grasslands Denmark Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017

Groundworks Grasslands Denmark Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017

Groundworks is a short project commissioned for Grasslands, a series of four projects in rural northern Denmark. In January 2017, workshops on the collation and use of local archives were held in the former community hall as a way to engage the residents and farmers in Aasted Village and the surrounding area. A collection of local newspaper cuttings became a useful resource through which to examine issues facing the village in its struggle to remain a living, self-sustaining community.   The context of Aahaus 2017 now presents the opportunity to think through and…

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SPUD

SPUD

SPUD provides an easily understood entry point for a public conversation about sustainability and food security today developed through events, collaborations and constructed situations in Ireland and internationally. The most recent was at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with members of the Irish Loy (foot-plough) Association highlighting simple ways of growing in urban locations and highlighting the use-value of tacit knowledge today. The outcome of SPUD is an essayistic film, The Persistent Return in production, that uses poetic visual language to connect cultural, social and scientific knowledges, an intentional strategy to making each sphere visible to the…

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A Village Plot

A Village Plot

Artworks >> 2000's

A Village Plot A research project by Deirdre O’Mahony in collaboration with the Loy Association Ireland for A Fair Residency Grizedale Arts' research residency programme for IMMA At IMMA the SPUD project was  further developed research into the history of potato cultivation in State institutions. After the French revolution the Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens were used to grow potatoes with the encouragement of Antoine Parmentier who was the former apothecary of Les Invalides Hospital in Paris. Parmentier wanted to change cultural attitudes to the potato as a sustainable food in France – an idea which became the starting point…

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T.U.R.F. (Transitional Understandings of Rural Futures)

T.U.R.F. (Transitional Understandings of Rural Futures)

T.U.R.F. is an ongoing project that seeks to activate a cultural space in order to openly examine the regulation and future management of peat bogland in Ireland and interrogate the process of decision-making on the designation of habitats, the loss of property rights and the future economic value of raised bogs as carbon sinks. 

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SPUD X The Big Dig National Famine Museum Strokestown House

SPUD X The Big Dig National Famine Museum Strokestown House

X-SPUD was conceived by O’Mahony as a temporary Famine memorial for the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown, curated by Linda Shevlin as part of her 2015 curatorial programme for County Roscommon. The artwork took the form of two intersecting potato ridges planted in an “X”, recuperating the legacy of Land Art and redeploying it to point to the most traumatic moment in Irish history while simultaniously pointing to forms of agricultural knowledge that can still be relevant to urban gardeners today.   The “X” was strategically positioned on the church lawn between the Strokestown house and…

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X-PO

X-PO

The X-PO project at Kilnaboy revived the former post-office as a public space in order to enable the articulation of community history(ies) both within and beyond that community. Stimulated by materials found in the building, a programme of exhibitions by contemporary artists initiated conversation and dialogue which triggered further collaborative projects between different disciplines, sectors and groups.

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Visqueux Paintings

Visqueux Paintings

The Visquaux paintings were made in tandem with the objects and photographs in the Surfacing series.The subject matter hovers between abstraction and reality; between physical experience and illusion. Underpinning this work is the idea that painting can potentially disrupt the photographic image and prompt a degree of reflexivity on the part of the viewer. In the past landscape may have evoked a terror of the infinite, the sublime. Now, given the world’s current environmental course, it provides something akin to a terror of loss.

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