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Dorothy Cross

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

Often working in series, Dorothy Cross has amassed a body of work since the late ’80s that ranges across a variety of media including sculpture, video, photography, installation, and musical performance. She has gradually shifted focus from a acaustic examination of gender constructions (sometimes within the specific cultural context of late-twentieth-century, post-Catholic southern Ireland) to a broader exploration of the passion and poetry within human nature, especially as released by our interaction with the rest of the natural world. This retrospective included signal sculptures from two extended groups of works from the mid-’90s that used cured cowhide and stuffed snakes, respectively. The “Udder” series, 1990–94, is an extended exercise in “self-othering” (the pun is, of course, intended), frequently involving the incorporation and transformation of objects rich in sentimental value

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