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Artist: Tomislav Branjnovic - Artist in Residence 2006 / 2007

Title of exhibition: 'O' Rourke's Small Meadow'

Exhibition Images:

About the Exhibition:

Recognition and reaction to the context, location of the neuralgic points, the use of the local visual, symbolic and other ‘language’ , exploration of the art scene and it’s critical frame are the main determinants of my artistic activity.

I can best illustrate my method of working by describing a small work I made called “Jenny vs Ev”.  The work consisted of two bricks.  One, Victorian, taken from Flat holm island, Wales,  and the other made from coaldust by myself.  I made it from coal in an attempt to materialise Welsh tradition and history by using materials and symbols characteristic of the place.

The translation of materials, namely the use of non appropriate materials is a pratice that interests me for a long time.  By changing the material we are changing the object.

As an artist who reacts to place and context it was of crucial importance to make a research trip to Leitrim.  Through my research I eventually decided to work with molten lead, dead trees and slate as well as  photographic images and text from the gaelic irish. I was interested to note the changes to the original place names from old irish to the modern english and achieved a sense of how a colonised place can be appropriated through language.