It is no secret that I am big fan of the Royal Hibernian Gallery. Tucked neatly away on 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, just off St Stephens Green, it is an oasis of calm far for the madding bustle of Grafton and Baggot Street. It’s free, it’s fabulous and it’s has a late night opening on a Wednesday, what’s not to love?
The current exhibition upstairs in Gallery 1: “Emotional Archaeology” by artist Daphne Wright, is quite the experience. From the autopsied sculpture of the horse greeting your entrance to a room full of imposingly large aluminium cacti it needs to be experienced in person to do it justice. There is audio and video complimenting the work.
I am so interested in her processes for executing these pieces. If you study them closely you can see the metal coils of the cacti and the thread embedded into the monkey sculpture creating the effect of hair.
I’ll pop a few pictures below and a link to the RHA website. Take a look in person next time you are in town and let me know what you think in the comments, I would love to know your thoughts on this unusual piece.
“Emotional Archaeology” by artist Daphne Wright runs from January 20, 2017 – February 26, 2017 in the RHA Gallery I
Details from the horse sculpture
The coiled giant cacti
Take a look at the intricate threads embedded into this piece.