The Darker Wood

Lucy McKenna

Lucy McKenna’s work is concerned with information; the active void that the search for it creates, what we fill that void with, and why we feel the need to fill it. Tracing the threads that connect that gap between the proven and unproven, her practice analyses the behavioural acts of ‘seeing’ and ‘measuring’ mysterious forces either via scientific experiment or anecdotal experience and asks what happens when concrete answers fail us. How have we coped historically without the answers to metaphysical questions, and how do we cope now? Outcomes can range from empirical evidence and scientific theory to folklore and superstition. Varying in scale and medium, her works often focus on tiny detail, employing many multiples and repetitive patterns, balance, suspension, mirroring and symmetry. McKenna's exhibition "The Darker Wood" at gallerywest in Toronto is composed of drawing, photography and film. This body of work was created on Toronto Island in 2010 during a 2-month residency that McKenna undertook at Artscape Gibraltar Point. This exhibition is partly funded by Culture Ireland.

Lucy McKenna is an Irish artist who graduated from NCAD in 2005 with a joint BA . Since then she has exhibited throughout Ireland and internationally in China, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Germany and France. In 2012 she made a visit to CERN Centre for Nuclear Research in Switzerland collecting research for an upcoming project. Lucy has undertaken artist residencies in Ireland, USA, Canada and Iceland. Recent awards include grants from the Irish Arts Council, Culture Ireland, and Artlinks. Her work is in the collections of Áras An Uachtarain, ASTI, Irish Defence Forces, Kilkenny Arts Office, Tallaght Hospital Dublin, St. Lukes Hospital Dublin and Kilkenny Education Centre.

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