Tina Whelan

Formerly earning her BA in Fine Art as a painter (University of Ulster, Belfast 1986), the last decade has seen her turn her gaze to fibre art/textiles, culminating in a MA by Research through textiles{Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, 2018-Nov 2019) Tina Whelan works in a variety of mixed media, fusing paint, print, and fiber fluidly through a variety of complex processes

Whelans MA by Research is entitled “The Irish Uterus” its subject matter is the social realities of the Irish womb from 1916 onwards. Its focus is on the impact of national ideology and Catholic ethics on Irish obstetrics, particularly viewed through the lens of the symphysiotomies that occurred in Ireland from 1940 to 1990. She questions the ideologies that informed our national identity, which was in part a sexual and moral purity, enacted and problematised through women. She critiques the shadows of Irish Statehood, looking at symphysiotomies and how they were deployed in the inscribing of religious, national and medical power on Irish women’s reproductive bodies.

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