Pro­tec­tion and de­fence ex­plored

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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

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