Botany of Desire | Ailish Treanor

EXHIBITION | 6th - 15th August 2021

Gallery opening times:
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August 12pm – 5pm

Preview: Friday 6th August 6pm – 8pm

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


The former 36 Lime Street Gallery was established in 2009 as an artist run space to provide a platform for emerging and established artists to experiment and take risks with new work. Selected by committee from an open call, 8 proposals are selected and exhibited throughout the year.

The gallery space continues to provide a platform as 36.