Lynn-Marie Dennehy

Lynn-Marie Dennehy is a graduate of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design where she is now undertaking a 12 month print residency. She recently was awarded a 12 month bursary at Cork Printmakers and The Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary in Blackwater Studios, Cork City. Her work has been purchased by the CIT Collection and The Morgan P. Doyle Collection in London. Exhibitions include ‘Tweetbox’, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, ‘Fleglings Exhibition’, Lavitt Gallery, Fr. Matthew St., Cork, ‘A Performance Caravan’, curated by Amanda Coogan, Sample Studios, Cork City and A collaborative performance with artist Matt Toole for the Iron-R 2 Project. She featured as part of The Performance Caravan in Performance Art in Ireland: A History, edited by Aine Philips.

Statement:

Partly demolished and partly constructed buildings – interval states between form and non-form – reveal the experiential/potential nature of place. Can something that is between form and non-form still be considered a place?

Born out of an investigation of these urban spaces, this work is concerned with ideas of interval space, as embodied by the Japanese spatial concept of ma.

In Japanese, ma, the word for space, suggests interval. It describes a consciousness of place, not in the sense of a three-dimensional entity, but rather as an awareness of form and non-form simultaneously, and the interaction between the two. Ma is an experiential place.

As a material, concrete is associated with construction and the urban landscape. It is unfrivolous and unabstracted. Its rigorous permanence defines the spaces it encloses and the spaces it inhabits. It converts the space around it from the abstract into the ‘concrete’.

The concrete structures’ solidity emphasises the dialectic of division between space and object. This work hierarchically elevates space to equal status with objects, rendering obsolete the traditional distinction between space and those things that occupy it.

This blurring of distinction serves to highlight the dynamic relationship between form and non-form. The space around the objects, according to the principles of ma, creates an ambiguity of meaning and an absence of narrative, suggesting a void in which the viewer can experience place.

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