All Flesh is a new site specific multi-sensory textile installation and video work by Irish artist Gillian O’Shea, in collaboration with Irish artist and curator Siobh McGrane, which creates an environment of two parts. Multi-layered installations merge sculpture, colour, film, and sound, transporting us to an uneasy confluence of opposing realities. These created environments invite visitors to experience, consider and reflect on our ambivalent attitudes to the natural environment.
This work is inspired by the artist’s investigations of the often forgotten and unseen intrinsic importance of fungi and lichens in stabilising networks of living relationships. These humble organisms are intrinsically connected to vast networks of life on earth, including our own. Yet, to most of us they are inconsequential.
Course Fleshy organisms intertwine and penetrate the troposphere, swaddling each vascular network, protecting the almighty mycelial network. This the living subterranean seam by which our world is connected, regardless of and despite our interventions.
"Pulse" is a 5-minute-long video piece.
A multi-projection of film immerses the visitor in a dystopian representation of the future. Drawing on the ombre chinois's tradition of shadow play paper mechanical links create a pulley system, using the greenhouse as a motif of human intervention. They are inevitably devoured by the very operating system that created them.
Images from All Flesh by Gillian O'Shea & Siobh McGrane below.
Siobh McGrane – Curator
Siobh McGrane is a Dublin based visual artist and curator with a first- class honour’s degree in Visual
Art Practice from IADT. She also holds a M. Phil in Psychoanalytic studies from Trinity College Dublin.
McGrane’s curatorial and artistic practice over the past decade has been driven by an inquiry into
the unconscious. Behaviours can often be explained by illuminating our unconscious shadow.
Behavioural change can occur through understanding what’s been illuminated. An artist’s reparative
drive ignites a wish to repair and care for the object it once destroyed, ensuring its survival.