This exhibition examines the contemporary and historical practice of folk medicine in Ireland. Drawing from personal interviews and archival research, traditional plant lore is combined with magico-religious beliefs about ‘the cure’, inherited healing abilities, the concept of the bean feasa and the role of place.
Inspired by the curative qualities of the Brat Bhríde, over the past year, medicinal plants found in Irish folklore have been gathered to make natural dyes with the resulting dyed fabric combined to create a textile work symbolising a panacea – a cure-all. Additionally, the exhibition will include drawings and a short film on the subject of folk healers. This exhibition expands upon an ongoing series called The Kildare Folklore Pharmacy and has been supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service.
About the Artist
Sheena Malone is a visual arts practitioner based in Berlin and Allenwood. A graduate of UCD and Stockholm University, in 2015 she was selected for CuratorLab at Konstfack Stockholm for a research programme investigating local Kildare folklore which led to the exhibition Seven for a Story and the festival of contemporary art and local history called Invisible Stories in 2017. In 2020, the Irish Embassy in Germany included her in their New Irish Creatives Festival. Recent exhibitions include Spicebag at Backhaus Projects Berlin, The Bud on the Bough curated by Michael Fortune and Displacement and Belonging at Rua Red.
McKenna Gallery Saturday 11th November – Thursday 21st December Monday-Friday 9:30am-5pm | Saturday 10am-1pm Admission Free