16 February - 11 March
Thursday 16 February 6-9pm
G I R L í N
The Conception of Air
Ends 11 March 2023
G I R L Í N
The Conception of Air
At the core of Emma Brennan’s practice is the persistent draw of dough. With an unyielding bond between it and she, her relationship to this material is not just physical, but emotional, spiritual and political. The incorporation of dough into her work holds both ancestral and sentimental value. In capturing the processes of this material, in all of it’s alchemic, formal and sensory properties, She explores the complexities of the creation of a living, breathing thing. Brennan’s work is currently occupied with the cyclical processes of breathing/living and is formed upon the four pillars of; gestation, birth, life and death. G I R L í N is a move towards an entirely new body of work for the artist, specific to how these pillars relate to the female form. She is thinking about this within the context of Ireland (both currently and historically) and then more intimately where she stands amongst it, not only as artist and creator but also as a queer, Irish, female-identfying, living/breathing being. The Bitter Milk Of Memory, is zine created by the artist and commissioned by Cecelia Graham that will be published especially for this event and available to buy throughout the run of the exhibition.
A R T I S T B I O
Emma Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in performative
practices to include multi-media installation, moving image and collaborative processes.
Based between Belfast and Dublin she is a former Co-Director and Chairperson at
Catalyst Arts Belfast and a current studio member of PS2 Studios Belfast. She was
chosen as one of the BBeyond performance collective’s new commissioned artists of
2021 and remains an active member of the collective. She has performed as part of the
multiple exhibitions and festivals locally and internationally including the Belfast
International Festival of Performance Art (BIFPA), the Live Art Biennial, FIX21, as part of
Black Kit Performance Archive in Cologne, Livestock Dublin, Dublin live art festival, on
residency at Live Art Ireland and more. In December 2021, Brennan performed in
collaboration with singer Meabh Muir to ring in the solstice as part of Array Collective’s
Turner Prize winning exhibition The Druithaibs Ball. Upcoming projects include
exhibiting work as part of Alice Maher’s show at the Golden Thread Gallery in February
2023, on residency at Haihatus in Joutsa, Finland in March 2023 and performing at the
Cavan Arts Festival as invited by Array Collective in May 2023.