Limerick, Ireland
Caroline McCarthy, Garden, video, dimensions variable

Caroline McCarthy

b. 1971, Ireland

The superficial nature of particular modes of presentation such as advertising, packaging and postcards are explored in the work – particularly that which appeals to the popular sentiment. In Garden, image and sound are separated where the image is delivered to the domestic screen, and its sound, which happens to be that of the urban area surrounding the park, is emitted some distance away through a speaker nestled within a potted plant.

By appropriating or alluding to the ‘portrait’, the ‘still life’, or, in this instance, the ‘landscape’, a parallel is expressed between the representational mythologies bound in the traditional subjects of art and the popular mythologies alluded to in the surface readings of everyday objects.

(Text: friends + neighbours catalogue, 2000)

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