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Walk and Talk with Endlessnessnessness artists and Aideen Barry

06 March - 06 March 2024 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday 6th March 2024, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Location: The LAB Gallery 

The LAB Gallery is delighted to host a conversation between artists Cecilia Bullo, Ella Bertilsson, Hannah Ní Mhaonaigh and guest speaker, artist Aideen Barry, to discuss the artists' practice and the works on display in Endlessnessnessness.

Endlessnessnessness is curated by Julia Moustacchi


Endlessnessnessness presents fictional worlds and landscapes drawn from mythological and urban stories. The multidisciplinary artworks presented explore enduring tales and legends, thus interrogating the concepts of eternality and ephemerality. The title hints at this line of inquiry, borrowing its neologism from Joyce in his own revisited mythical narrative, Ulysses.

Here, the three artists evoke ‘legendary tales which orchestrate beings symbolising energies, powers, aspects of the human condition.’ [1] Feminine energies in particular are being examined – their latent power, at times serene, at times fiery, symbolised by natural elements or embodied and activated by performative moments. Protagonists, in their different forms, are stuck; their struggle is at the centre of the cyclical and ritualistic representations that span through the exhibition. They aim to find a place of healing, of metamorphosis. Alongside the sacred and the holy, grotesque, humorous and playful tones emerge, inviting the audience to question the perception of these collective memories.

[1] In Le Robert, dictionary about ‘myth’ (French, translated).


About the artists

Ella Bertilsson (b. Umeå, Sweden) is a multi-award winning visual artist based in Dublin. She currently has a studio residency at Rua Red (2019-2024) and is a recipient of the Next Generation Award from the Art Council of Ireland (2023) and South County Council's Individual Bursary Award (2023). She has 1st class honours in Fine Art Print (BA) and MFA both awarded from the National College of Art and Design IRE (2009, 2015) and Comparative Literature Studies and Creative Writing from Södertörn University SWE (2011-2012).

Forthcoming exhibitions at; The Lab Gallery (2024), Ballina Art Centre (2024) and The Dock (2023-2024). Forthcoming residencies: SIM Residency Reykjavik, Iceland (2024), Crawford Gallery, with Museum of Everyone (2024), Luan Gallery, with with Museum of Everyone (2024). Recent solo show; CUT THE CAKE WITH CLAWS, The Complex (2022). Selected group exhibitions include; Love you my Sweaty, The Library Project (2023) and Return to Disintegration, Periodical Review 11, Pallas Projects/Studios (2022).

Hannah Ní Mhaonaigh is an Irish artist based in Dublin. In her practice, she creates work using oil, acrylic, and water-based paint on various surfaces, including; linen, chipboard-found mahogany door frames, and shaped wooden panels. The titling of her work is an essential part of Ní Mhaonaigh's process, considered an attempt to grab hold of these abstracted elements by the tufts of their tails. The physical process of her work involves repeatedly removing, sanding back, and building up layers of paint to create abstract artworks that sit somewhere between painting and sculpture. Ní Mhaonaigh's playful use of materials enables colour, shape, and texture to be the primary driving force within her work. The repetitive practice of overpainting and paring back leads to an experimental yet determined ‘fuinneamh’ (energy) in her finished pieces, the ones that managed to make it. These abstract forms become almost an excavation of fictional artefacts or remains. Natural shapes become abstract symbols unearthed as parts, sections, and unknowingly pieces of Ní Mhaonaigh. Harking back to something more primitive, something from the earth, the roots of things. She is digging.

Some recent exhibitions for Ní Mhaonaigh include; 'Small is Beautiful' 41st Edition, Cork Street, Flowers Gallery, London, (2023) 'Island' collaboration with Ceadogán & Peter McVerry Trust, Hang Tough Dublin (2023) 'Rally,’ Glove Box Gallery, Dublin,(2022) ‘Hidden Uk, Hidden Ireland’, Curated by Sean Scully, Flowers Gallery London, (2022) ‘Comme un lèger contretemps Cernay-Lès-Reims France, (2022) ‘A stab in the dark’, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Solo, Waterford, (2021).

Cecilia Bullo is a bicultural visual artist based between Dublin and Rome who makes sculptures and multimedia installations. Her practice is research-based and informed by historical, mythological, psychoanalytic and ecofeminist theories, creating a vital conceptual framework for her physical work. In particular, she is interested in material cultures relating to rituals of healing and transformation, including iconography and artefacts linked to cultural traditions, urban shamanism, and ecofeminism. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in sculpture from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, (IADT) Dublin, Ireland, a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Brera Fine Art Academy, Milan, Italy and a Masters in Fine Art from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland. Cecilia was an awarded resident at Fire Station Artists’ Studios 2020–2023 and is a recipient of numerous awards from the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Art & Disability Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland & Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. She is in collections belonging to the Arts Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and numerous private collections nationally and internationally.

Recent solo shows include - "Being haunted by the breezes, now how will you exist?", RHA,(2023), "LEIGHEAS- LIMINALIS: antidotes for melancholic gestures," The Dock (2023). Selected recent group exhibitions and performances include: Vox Magicae – an invocatory evening of voice, language, sound, improvisation, rhythm and beyond, curated by Suzanne Walsh, Unit 44 Kirkos Ensemble, (2023), Periodical Review 12—Practical Magic, curated by Julia Mustacchi, Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin (2022/23), "I know why the caged bird sings," WARP, Sint-Niklaas, BE, (2022); "Material Stories", Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, AUT, (2022); Biomedia: Illness, Art and Medicine, Museum of Contemporary Art, Querétaro, MX (2020) and Transgender, Gender & Psychoanalysis, Freud Museum/Draper Hall, London, UK (2017).

Aideen Barry is an Irish visual artist whose work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and commissions internationally. Barry's work is intersectional in both its approach to subject matter and the use of a multitude of media and approach with moving image and collaboration.

The common denominator of her work is an attempt to examine systems of oppression and othering. Her work has been exhibited across the world such IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art; Ireland, CAC Malaga; Spain, The Headlands Center for the Arts; US, Centre for the Less Good Idea; South Africa, Art OMI; US, The Whitaker Museum;UK , Művészetek Háza Veszprém, Ciurlionis Museum; Lithuania, Salzburg Kunstverein; Austria., The Welt Museum Vienna, Austria, NASA Kennedy Space Center; US, Skaftfell; Iceland, Banff Centre; Canada, Centre Cultural Irlandais; France. Selected Solo and international projects at: Matucana 100; Chile, Ch ACO; Chile, The Katzen Center at the American Museum; US, Wexner Center: US Elephant Gallery; UK, Moderna Museet; Sweden, Musée des Beaux Arts,Lyon; France, Louise T. Blouin Gallery; UK, Galeria Isabel Hurley; Spain, Artscene Shanghai;China and Project 304 Gallery; Thailand, BAC Geneva; Switzerland, Liste Art Fair; Switzerland, Catharine ClarkeGallery; US, Yerba Buena Centre; US, Crawford Municipal Gallery,Project Art Centre, Temple Bar Gallery,, Mothers Tankstation & The Butler Gallery; Ireland.. Her work is in prestigious public art private collections. She was awarded the Golden Fleece Award in 2024, the ISCP HIAP residency Award in 2022, the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust award in 2021, the HIAP TBGS award in 2024 and Project Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2024 she shows at FORMAT festival UK, and and she will work with William Kentridge’s established foundation of the Centre of the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg with collaborating composer Philip Miller and the artists of the CLGI on an Opera film and she will also collaborate with musician Peter Gabriel on a new moving image work for his new I/O tour and album launch for 2024. Barry is a member of Aosdána and in 2019 was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy as an associate. Barry lives in Ireland, but teaches in universities and art schools in the US, UK, and the EU. She is currently on academic leave from her teaching position at TÚS in Ireland.

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