24th February - 4th March 1995
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along the walls are labels printed with information regarding gender,
date, place of birth. These are fixed on to tracing paper that in turn
obscures charred maps of Cork. Black and white threads hang from each
of these 69 collages to meet a corresponding water-filled bowl directly.
Red and green threads float in each bowl as it supports a dead twig fixed
with a white ribbon. The fragility of these objects is imbued with a symbolic
significance that echoes the trepidation surrounding the peace process
itself. A characteristic of MacLennan's work is to enforce duality through
contradictions of image and concept; black/white, old/new, fire/water,
birth/death, stability/eviction and so on. The perfect balance and regulation
of this installation's layout has even manipulated the whiteness of the
space and the filtered natural light to significant ends.
most indelible image of all this is the "tree" placed on the gallery floor.
This lone branch is sprouting new foliage that unmistakably leads to a
poignant analogy for peace.