Between a thimble and a nail
This exhibition of Patricia Looby’s work – created especially for Triskel/Christchurch – further develops her interest in medieval ecclesiastical symbolism and re-constituting redundant domestic and agricultural implements by means of aesthetics and inheritance.
This installation of intensively worked fragments accumulates towards an assemblage of ideas relating to the notion of the ‘relic’ and highly ritualized objects in both rural, socio-cultural and parallel religious settings. What Patricia Looby continues to create is a lexicon for re-readings of what is precious, what can be made iconic and what can be done with memory, jewels, rust and art.
Patricia Looby lives and works in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Her most recent solo show entitled “Field Systems” at David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco marked a long career where her work has been exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions and is included in many public and private collections such as the Crawford Municipal Gallery and University College Cork.
She was also invited to contribute to ‘An Leabhair Mor’ – a contemporary illuminated manuscript of new poetry and visual art from Scotland and Ireland. Patricia’s last Irish solo show titled ‘Harvester’ originated at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and subsequently traveled to several other venues in Ireland. Recent selected exhibitions include the RHA Annual, ‘Inner Lives’ at Town Hall Gallery Macroom and ‘Animal Rites’ at DCP, San Francisco.