A Change in the Cells
A residency with Tara McGinn- curated by Cecelia Graham and Grace Jackson (curators in residence)
Ends 04 February 2023
the past two years artist Tara McGinn has been obsessed with the
constitution of interiors - be they domestic or emotional ones - what is
included in their layout and descended in their waste convey a
glistening value system curated by the bodies that inhabit or neglect
an emerging art writing practice, in tandem with sculptural
combinations, Tara examines the details of these surfaces - their
textures become maps and transform into abstracted narratives. This
approach represents an attention to detail that subverts the body as
transcending interiors, and instead as an engine that shapes their
meaning from the inside out.
At PS², Tara is using the opportunity to have full access to the project
space and fully explore the potential of this process-based methodology
to produce, test and deconstruct new work that symbolises a constantly
moving practice and rejects a static exhibition.
About the artist
Tara McGinn is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Enniscorthy and is a former co-director at Catalyst Arts and studio member of Flax Studios
in Belfast. Her work combines sculptural (re)production, image-based
assemblage and writing. Her developing studio processes aim to connect,
contrast and translate subjects of trauma, memory, identity and space.
Recent exhibitions include Woman in the Machine at VISUAL Carlow, and her solo show Nothing Alien is Human to Us at Platform, Belfast. She was part of CCA's Window Texts 2021 series with Mincers, designed by Reece Kennedy.
Tara McGinn is part of the 4th cohort of artists 2022/23 in the Freelands Artist Programme.
About the curators
This is the third project as part of Cecelia Graham and Grace Jackson’s
yearlong collaborative curatorial residency at PS². Throughout the
residency, the duo have developed a mode of working that aims to
challenge curatorial intentions that centre around strict outcomes.
Instead, Cecelia and Grace have created a space for artists to test
ideas or return to work considered unresolved. The projects below have been curated by the curatorial duo:
1- Mark Buckeridge- Handycam Gifts
2- Bog Cottage
3- Tara McGinn- A Change in the Cells
4- Christopher Steenson, June 2023
More information about the curatorial residency can be found here.