Christine Mackey in Residence, a partnership with Mermaid Arts


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During her residency Mackey made a type of ‘portrait’ of Killruddery Gardens using scientific methods of distilling plant material to produce different colour samples that represnet the various plants.

This ‘Portrait’ was exhibited in the Mermaid Arts Centre  from the 10th of May 2013. In her artist’s talk at Killruddery on the 26th of April, Christine Mackey demonstrated that her research-based practice is rooted in environmental concerns and the development of meaningful participation. Employing diverse disciplines, subject matter and tactics, Mackey creates work that can generate different kinds of knowledge of place – their hidden histories and ecological formations.

Creative Director Fionnuala Ardee writes; “It was a real pleasure having Christine stay and be part of our enviroment. I found her portrait of the Gardens really moving, in her calm and precise way it felt to me that Christine had channeled the Gardens’ self-portrait by distilling each plants essential colour and assigning each plant its place in a raw kaleidoscope of vibrant hues.’

You can find more information on Christine and her work here, get in touch with her on twitter @christineleitri.

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