Moyna Flannigan: Matter

2 Oct 2021 – 18 Dec 2021

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00

Free admission

Ingleby Gallery

Scotland, United Kingdom


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A solo exhibition of work by Moyna Flannigan


Moyna Flannigan’s paintings of figures, always women, are an amalgam of memories, experiences and ideas, drawn from history, mythology and popular culture. Their identity or essence remains ambiguous, as if they were passing through, or suspended just out of reach. Notes of incidental humour are balanced by a darker, almost melancholic, sensibility which unifies the different parts into a new narrative, with women at the centre of a story that spans both ancient and modern worlds.

This exhibition (her first at Ingleby) follows her recent presentation at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which furthered Flannigan’s investigation into the materials and methods of collage. It continues a working practice that often begins by chance - with the artist cutting up her own drawings and re-using the abstract body parts to create a new order from the original components – which is, in part, an attempt to understand the fragmentary way we experience and process a world permeated with an oversaturation of images and information.

As she has said - “To a casual observer these images might seem completely disconnected, but for me they have associations to my life, my interests and to memory. I’m looking for ways to connect them in new work…in new formal arrangements like collage, which change the meaning and the impact of the original material.  Collaging allows me to draw things in different languages and bring them together as a new whole.”

In these newest works, fragments of sculpture join the works on paper and paintings for which the artist is best known. In thinking about sculpture Flannigan has referred to Rodin’s idea that a fragment - an incomplete figure, or even a solitary hand – is a work of art in its own right and a touchstone of authenticity.  In her words ‘I want to link this idea of the fragment to Minkowski’s Wire, the theory in physics that states that each and every thing is connected in space and time, by a wire, to everything else that exists’

The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist’s book, where Moyna Flannigan combines words and images in a collage of interconnected ideas.

Exhibiting artists

Moyna Flannigan


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