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'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor.
At Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.
Curated by Hazel Stone.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, 2017. Close-up of orb made with dried and living moss, various living air plants, and wire.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Close-up of orb made with dried and living moss, various living air plants, and wire.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Close-up of orb made with living ivy, living air plants, and wire.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Close-up of suspended orb made with dried and living moss, various living air plants, and wire.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Installation shot.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

'Moonflower'. Installation made with slate, foam, clay, larch tree stumps.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

'Moonflower'. Installation made with slate, foam, clay, larch tree stumps.
Close-up. Glue used to create a web to appear like a secretion.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.
'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Suspended living orb, or 'biosphere', photographed from underneath.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Close-up of variety of air plants, dried reindeer moss and living moss.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Suspended living orb, or 'biosphere', photographed from underneath.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Close-up of variety of air plants, dried reindeer moss and living moss.

'Biosystem', international solo exhibition by Méadhbh O'Connor, Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, United Kingdom. 2017.

Installation shot.

First International Solo Exhibition by Méadhbh O’Connor

BIOSYSTEM

Curated by Hazel Stone

Grizedale Sculpture, Lake District, Cumbria, U.K.

Jan 30 – Jun 15, 2017

 

 

Press Release:

Biosystem is a solo exhibition by Méadhbh O’Connor. Méadhbh (pronounced ‘Mave’) is an Irish artist who works at the conjunction of art, science and environmentalism.

The exhibition brings together sculptural installation art that aims to draw attention to our place in a wider natural system that is both powerful and fragile. A constellation of ‘living orbs’, commissioned by Grizedale Sculpture, are presented as a walk-through gallery installation. The artwork loosely refers to the modern emphasis on and developments in environmental sciences, James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis, graphic illustration in Sci-fi fantasy literature and film, horticultural design and many other references.

Biosystem, an exhibition open to interpretation, aims to offer visitors an imaginative space that reminds us of our position as one part of a much broader and highly-complex eco and climate system; a system upon which we depend for our survival, health and wellbeing.

About the exhibition, Méadhbh says, ‘To use living organisms in a sculptural context involves additional care and sustained attention throughout the duration of the exhibition, and brings with it a degree of unpredictability. Just as these living sculptures need attention and understanding to keep them alive, so the wider natural environment  – upon which our survival depends – requires our understanding, attention and respect if we are to protect it for the benefit and health of future generations.’

Runs until June 15th, 2017 at Forestry Commission – North England District, Grizedale, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ, England, United Kingdom.

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