glór’s Curator in Residence, Dr. Moran Been-noon will give Curator tours of Eggs and Butter on Saturday 8th January at 12pm and 2pm. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with Moran following the tour. Tours are free of charge and limited capacity. Tours must be pre-booked HERE.
For this exhibition glór brings together three formidable visual artists to produce a project that’s all about women’s strength. The project’s title, Eggs & Butter, references ‘Eggs and Butter money’, a popular means of financial independence for women in rural areas until the mid-20th century. The women would stash this money away for an emergency, giving them financial power to equals their responsibilities.
In the Upstairs Gallery, Emma Brennan’s dough installations and moving image reference the physical and mental strengths that traditional women’s crafts demand. The work draws attention to the role of a strong community in a creative process, with a nod to the artist’s ongoing performance and community-based practice.
Emily Waszak‘s woven and textile work showcased in the Upstairs Gallery include pieces made using discarded materials collected by the artist at a weaving factory. The beautiful pieces are surprisingly tough, explicitly difficult, and demonstrate the strength involved in their production.
At the Spás, Rachel Macmanus work takes the form of concept-led observational drawings that deal with questions of women’s strength in the context of contemporary everyday life in Clare, with a focus on women who live in rural areas. The work is based on a year of travelling and engaging in a series of meetings with local farmers around the county,
Based between Belfast, Longford, and Dublin, Emma Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in performative practices including multi-media installation, moving-image and collaborative processes. She is interested in the relationship between the artist and viewer, prioritising transient moments of a work, in which we may question both personal and general value systems.
Emily Waszak is a Dublin-based artist and a long-time anti-racist organiser and abolitionist originally from North Carolina. Emily works as a textile artist and is a former recipient of the Arts Council’s Visual Arts Bursary, and the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Research and Development Award with Create. Her current work focuses on disrupting the white gaze and collective grief.
Rachel Macmanus is a visual artist based in Co Clare. Her practice encompasses drawing and performance art. Her drawing practise is rooted in community based collaborative projects which allow an ongoing exploration into her social and geographical surroundings. Her performance practice is shaped by her prior career as a fitness instructor. She employs endurance-based tasks and repetitive actions as a way to experience how it feels to be present in a space. Rachel has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally.
Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.