Residual Inheritance | Mary Mackey

Residual Inheritance | Mary Mackey

Date: 22nd May 2015 - 23rd May 2015
Time: 22 May 6 pm, 23 May 10am - 6pm
Venue: CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Cost:Free

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
Presents

Residual Inheritance
Mary Mackey
22 – 23 May 2015


Residual Inheritance is the title of a practice-based research for an MA in Fine Art, carried out by Mary Mackey under the supervision of Christine Pybus and Dr Simon Knowles of the Department of Fine Art and Applied Art  at the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. 

The research has culminated in a body of work that will be open to the public on Saturday 23rd May.  There will be a preview of the exhibition on Friday 22nd at 6pm and an artist’s talk at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

To live is to leave traces Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) declared, and many of these traces are embodied in the objects that form our residue when we die, the ordinary “things” that surround us as we live, persisting yet unattended to for the most part.  There are so many things, objects in a very broad sense, that evidence our presence, from the handheld to the lived in.  When we die these often unremarkable objects become utterly changed, endowed with categorically altered associations for those whose lives are significantly entangled with our own.  These vestiges may have little intrinsic value, or of limited aesthetic quality, yet because of the circumstance in which they have come into our possession, they are transformed, becoming cathectic, imbued with a concentration of a psychic charge.

This research reflects on the narratives engendered by objects that have become sites of memory, as a way of considering how material traces may express and encapsulate individual biographies through the memories they embody. Recognising that these artefacts have a worth and value other than a monetary one invests them with what Pierre Nora describes as ‘a symbolic aura’ which makes the objects, and what they evoke, worthy of remembrance.

 

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