The project ‘Anthropomorphic, Mammalia and the Hominidae’ is a collaboration between two Westmeath visual artists Mel French and Celine Sheridan. It started in spring 2019 when we both realised our visual arts practices have very similar themes and research interests. Both of our practices reflect on and engage with the psychological and physical aspects (psychosomatic) of both the human and animal condition - investigating humans, animals and also the similarities, comparisons and contradictions between humans and animals.
Celine is using Creative Ireland funding to purchase materials and skilled production for two artworks. The first is a floor based Rug artwork based on her drawings of the female body and produced by an Irish rug making company.
The second is an installation artwork called ‘Dummy’ that consists of a wrestling dummy, bespoke shelving, Peace Lily plants, dried Placenta Capsules and other objects. This work is based on the artists interest in researching gender roles and mothering within the domestic space.
Mel is currently commencing research and engagement with animatronic specialists ,Adam Keenan with the intention of realising two specific works. A silicone tongue that moves as if licking (currently untitled) and a human/Gorilla hand hybrid that has fingers that move.
These artworks are being developed for exhibition in Limerick City Gallery in Feb 23, as a two person exhibition, curated by Catherine Marshall.
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