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Tranny of History

Tranny of History
Model Arts & Niland Gallery
Sligo, Ireland

The Tyranny of History refers to the concept of history as a weight of ideas, philosophies, and circumstances.

Borrowing the classical architectural and monumental form of the archway, traditionally constructed in stone to glorify conquest and subjugation, I have built an archway of charred beech, oak and steel that temporarily inhabits the central atrium space at the Model.

Arch-Way combines culturally loaded materials such as wood and steel with the alchemy of fire to arrest the form in the act of transition from one state to another. Its placement between the stairways that connect the upper and lower galleries encourages viewers to become active participants in a discourse on history rather than passive consumers of a sculptural object.

The ground floor gallery houses Monoliths with Colonies. These pieces, each a single 2 m vertical slice of a tree, are the hosts to colonies of virus like growths. On closer inspection the colonies are revealed to consist of tiny soldiers occupying a devastated and scarred landscape. Monoliths with Colonies draws attention to a number of issues including – environment and responsibility, damage / conflict  / damage, questioning ownership, transference, hybridity.