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IAC | Visual Arts
Mairead McCormack: Formidable Parallels (Spring 2019)
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:00PM
Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
Artist Mairead McCormack’s work on Irish linen—born from a fascination with her native Northern Ireland’s legacy of textile manufacturing—examines the interplay between the machine-made and the handmade, and the archival and the contemporary. Using embroidery, darning, collaging, printing, drawn-threading and digital design, McCormack manipulates her linen canvases with materials like colored fibers, dyes, and found documents—including paperwork from the storied Old Bleach Linen Company in Randalstown, Co. Antrim.
Mairead McCormack was a featured artist at Northern Ireland’s first-ever Linen Biennale, held in Belfast in 2018. She has been awarded a 2019 residency in India by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, where she will study the traditions of natural dying and printing.
Formidable parallels is the second of three exhibitions at Irish Arts Center with a focus on textile art. The first, Dublin-based Bernie Leahy’s Why Are We, was exhibited in fall of 2018.