Botany of Desire | Ailish Treanor

Preview: Friday 6 Aug 6 – 8  | Opening times: Sat 7, Sun 8 Aug & Sat 14, Sun 15 Aug 12 - 5 or by appointment

By on August 19, 2021

In this exhibition Treanor commands pattern, colour and repetition in order to create a heightened and artificial kind of beauty. She reflects on feminist concerns about how beauty is achieved through control and laborious means. This is explored in the symmetry of her sculptures, which could be interpreted as something from nature, a flower? An insect? Or something man-made for the human body, a mask? A chastity belt? 

This exhibition includes new paintings by Treanor, achieved through a method of building layers of colour and graphic lines using stencils, spray paints and acrylic paint. In the piece ‘Nose Chandeliers’ 2021 she imagines amputated, ornate body parts and in the piece ‘Hairy Who’ 2021 striking arrays of hair frame a frozen face. The pursuit of control over unruly, natural bodies is explored in these highly composed images.

These stories, then, about Man and Nature.. What we call our ‘relationship to nature’ – to borrow that callus revealing phrase… all of them share a premise we know to be false: that we somehow stand apart from nature…Seeing these plants instead as willing partners in an intimate and reciprocal relationship with us means looking at ourselves a little differently, too: as the objects of  other species’ designs and desires.  – The Botany of Desire, 2001 by Micheal Pollen