artist Deirdre O'Mahony
location IRELAND, County Clare
region 4 West (West)
index no. 06.4.03
about the media DVD with three films
about the project Three documentaries about projects by Deirdre O'Mahony.
Cross Land was one of a series of temporary artworks commissioned by Clare County Arts Office for Ground Up, an experimental programme of contemporary art.
Cross Land is an exploration of the regulatory, ecological and physical effects of changes in farming practices as evidenced in the growth of Hazel scrub in the Burren. The work takes the form of a coppiced ‘X’ or cross, each arm 60 metres long and 1.5m wide, cut through an area of dense hazel scrub near Carron in the Burren Region in North Clare. This is an area of great ecological importance - a limestone Karst region whose remarkable botanical diversity and richness is an important consequence of traditional local farming methods. The original intention of the intervention was to to draw attention to the decrease in the numbers of the feral goats on the Burren an d the role they play in grazing the scrub
X-PO Launch is bout the X-PO project at Kilnaboy which revived the former post-office as a public space in order to enable the articulation of community history(ies) both within and beyond that community. Stimulated by materials found in the building, a programme of exhibitions by contemporary artists initiated conversation and dialogue which triggered further collaborative projects between different disciplines, sectors and groups. In addition X-PO creates a space of engaged activity giving space and time to collate and archive its materials, recall and renew memories, histories and thoughts about future possibilities using exhibition-making to give voice and make visible, overlooked, often disregarded, ‘tacit’ local knowledge.
Peter Rees Archive is a film about one of the exhibitions in X-PO: 'An Udder View', about the huge photography archive by local photographer Peter Rees. The exhibition, curated by Deirdre O'Mahony and Peter Rees is mainly focused on images of Kilnaboy and the changes it has gone through over the last 25 years.