Exhibition

Dorothy Cross, Veins of Other

24 May 2024 – 6 Jul 2024

Regular hours

Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 16:30
Monday
10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Kerlin Gallery

Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

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Kerlin Gallery presents ‘Veins of Other’, an exhibition of new work by Dorothy Cross.
The artist’s tenth show at Kerlin Gallery, ‘Veins of Other’ premieres ‘Tread’, an ambitious installation of 12 hand-carved marble sculptures.

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Kerlin Gallery presents ‘Veins of Other’, an exhibition of new work by Dorothy Cross.

The artist’s tenth show at Kerlin Gallery, ‘Veins of Other’ premieres ‘Tread’, an ambitious installation of 12 hand-carved marble sculptures, and ‘Bloodlines’, arresting new works combining the artist’s personal archive photography with hand-poured stained glass.

At the heart of the exhibition is an ambitious new sculptural installation titled ‘Tread’, in which human feet are hand-carved into twelve different coloured marbles from locations worldwide. Formed by dramatic shifts in heat and pressure, each stone tells the material history of its geographic terrain through distinct surface textures and hues, from the pure white of Carrara Statuario to deep Travertine Red or Chinese Green. Emerging from each stone like fossils, the carved feet appear as proof of existence, a trace left after the passing step of a human. Coming together as a group of twelve, a number with great significance as a marker of time, they appear like a summoning from deep in the past, a polyphonic history of the earth and a reflection on the place of human beings within this vast chronicle.

‘Veins of Other’ also presents Cross’s new ‘Bloodlines’ series, unique works layering photographs from the artist’s personal archive with hand-poured red veined glass. Taken by Cross’s father, the antique photographs reveal an inherited fascination with the sea, capturing the Fastnet lighthouse from the deck of a boat, or the lightship once used to mark the position of Daunt Rock. In one diptych, the artist’s mother and father look outwards through binoculars and windows, their vistas obscured by blood-red streaks of glass, swirling patterns that recall the strata of rocks. A series of moments preserved in time, ‘Bloodlines’ places the fragility of human life in contrast with the vast and enduring power of nature and time.

Drawing upon a rich store of symbolic associations across the history of art, religion and mythology, Cross has also produced several intimately sized sculptures, each offering surprising and intriguing pairings between nature and culture. A child’s hand captures a gold-plated scarab beetle – a potent symbol of rebirth, transformation and the afterlife since Ancient Egypt. The shell of a sea snail plants itself onto a religious figurine, swallowing up and entering a strange symbiosis with the Virgin Mary. Full of pathos, vulnerability, and at times humour, these works demonstrate Cross’s ongoing engagement with the legacy of Surrealism and instinct for fostering a compelling dialogue between objects and creatures.

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