Deidre O'Connell

Arts Council Gallery

Primitive soundings, echoes and calls, and emergings of one sort or another mark and measure this art-as-journey show of Deirdre O’Connell. The artistic journey oscillates between the past (ostensibly Rome/Ireland) and the future (or is it the present?)—a boat is beached or abandoned; an armored vehicle probes, on the brink, here and there. The drawings and sculptures here have been produced during and since the artist’s sojourn in Italy, as a Rome scholar in the city of church and pagan power.

Public architecture, in one way or another, is about power; buildings are never neutral objects. O’Connell’s work, while it was always about formal aspects of architecture, structure, and skeletal rhythms, is also about enclosures/confrontations, insider/ outsider acceptance, and identity. Rome’s ancient buildings have been the resource for her new architectural drawings. They have an atavistic

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