Maud Cotter: a consequence of – a dappled world

2 Jun 2021–8 Aug 2021


a consequence of – a dappled world is a solo exhibition by Maud Cotter of a body of work developed from 2015 through exhibitions in Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2018 and The Dock, Carrick-on- Shannon, 2019. It is now in its third iteration at Hugh Lane Gallery, its title is inspired by Pied Beauty, a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins which celebrates the diverse and disparate nature of existence.

‘Maud Cotter’s work uses materials gathered from our ordinary lives and elevates them into the realm of art.’ – Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Hugh Lane Gallery

Cotter begins her inquiry at the impossibility of a unified theory of everything. The artist takes the view that variegation and variety are forces that bring greater understanding.

‘I think we’re in an amalgamated, integrated and collaborative relationship with matter. – Maud Cotter

In a new site-specific installation for the Hugh Lane, titled slit, the artist inserts a number of hot-water bottles filled with plaster into the narrow vertical gap of a freestanding gallery wall – envisaging the tension this creates between occupied and empty space.

Cotter’s installations build an original and thoughtful relationship between objects and space, through which she creates a unique aesthetic language for the nature of things or, rather, what things want to tell us.’ – Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery

We are delighted to present Maud Cotter’s a consequence of – a dappled world in the Hugh Lane Gallery, which will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with a new text by Jonathan Griffin, alongside texts by Michael Lightborne (2019), Sarah Kelleher (2018) and Ed Krčma (2016). Now available in the Hugh Lane Gallery bookshop, accompanied by a unique bookmark. Click here to watch the instructional video with the artist to fold the bookmark.

Information on the supporting programme of talks and lectures is available in the pdf on this page.

Maud Cotter lives and works in Cork. She is a graduate and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Crawford Municipal College of Art and Design, Cork. Cotter has lectured in Art and Architectural Colleges in Europe and America. She is co-founder of the National Sculpture Factory and a member of Aosdana. She is represented by domobaal gallery, London.

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