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Revenants documents selected works from Irish artist Kevin Mooney's recent practice. His paintings utilise languages of expressionism, alongside figurative elements that disclose political, social and cultural histories. As well as a foreword by Sean Kissane, Curator of Exhibitions at IMMA, Revenants also contains a critical essay by Sarah Kelleher, independent arts writer and curator, and Art History lecturer in the Crawford College of Art and Design.
"These works splice recognisable Irish motifs: snake, donkey and tricolour, with devices more readily associated with ritual imagery or tribal fetishes to concoct a mutant, absurdist folklore. Mooney's references to myth and half-forgotten ritual are far more sophisticated than an exercise in nostalgia, and activate a complex aesthetic and critical response. These images of pullulating fleshy bodies, twisting horse-figures and floating heads trigger a shudder of the uncanny, that distinct psychic unease where the familiar is made strange and discomforting."
Edition of 250
220 x 290 mm