Protection and defence explored
ARTIST Rachel Fallon’s exhibition ‘Home Front’ is under way at Mermaid Arts Centre.
The exhibition opened on Friday evening and runs until Saturday, January 19. Admission is free.
From Aprons of Power to miraculous Assumptions, Home Front looks at territorial wars in domestic spaces.
Rachel Fallon’s sculptural subversions of military mottos and associated objects poke a finger at ideals of motherhood, linking past histories and politics to the roles women play in society today.
In her work Rachel explores themes of protection and defence in domestic realms and addresses the domain of motherhood.
Her practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography and performance and she is known for her collaborations with Irish and international artists and collectives.
Rachel is a founding member of Outpost Studios and of Pff Publications – a feminist zine collective.
She is a member of UK collectives Desperate Artwives and Project Procreate. Ra- chel exhibits nationally and internationally and her work is held in public and private collections.
She lives and works in Bray, is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and 2018 has exhibited in EVA International Biennale, Limerick; Talbot-Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; IRON – R 18, National Sculpture Factory, Cork.
The official launch was held last Friday evening at the gallery, which is located upstairs in Mermaid Arts Centre and open daily.
A Bray ordnance survey map showing the locations of the frescoesWOODBROOK GATE LODGE
FAR LEFT: ‘Medal for Mothering Under Duress’ – Nec recisa recedit means Does not retreat even if broken. LEFT: ‘Medal for Bravery in the Face of Obstetric Violence’ – Lerne zu Leiden ohne zu Klagen means Learn to suffer without complaint. BELOW: Artistic director of the Mermaid Niamh O’Donnell, left, with Rachel Fallon and Rachel’s work ‘Maternal Chain of Office – Order of Our Lady of the Blessed Food Bank’ and Salus populi suprema lex esto – which means Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law, a maxim from Cicero’s De Legibus. BELOW LEFT: Sub lege libertas – Under the law, freedom; the motto of the Italian State Police