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Cecilia Bullo, She grew the tree plant, she grew the primaeval mother: The plants of lamentation have sprouted, 120 meters Manila rope, hardware clay, water, mixed media, soil from Artemis’ sanctuary in Corfu Greece 2023, Image Ros Kavanagh courtesy of the artist and RHA

Visual Art: Catalogue Launch – Cecilia Bullo

16 Nov - 17 Dec 2023 (Past)

RHA Gallery (Royal Hibernian Academy) 15 Ely Pl, Dublin, D02 A213, Ireland

We are pleased to invite you to the Catalogue Launch – Cecilia Bullo – following the exhibition ‘Being Haunted by the Breezes, Now How Will You Exist?’ – with an essay by Sinéad Gleeson and a design by Pure Designs.

The Catalogue Launch evening  is happening on Thursday 16 November at RHA Gallery from 6 – 8 pm where Bullo’s exhibition, Being Haunted by the Breezes, Now How Will You Exist? was on display until late February 2023.  The catalogues’ aim is to document the past exhibition.

This event is free and booking is not required.

About the exhibition: In Being Haunted by the Breezes, Now How Will You Exist?, the work emerged from the artist’s urge to reconnect directly with material processes and the bodily act of making. Specifically, Bullo seeks to celebrate the return of the feminine and her/their personification and incarnation as a creatrix, fighter and destroyer.

Being Haunted by the Breezes, Now How Will You Exist?, explored fictional, personal, archaeological and mythological narratives concerning Matrilinear ascendency. This includes Marija Gimbutas’ Kurgan hypothesis, which argued that European prehistoric culture was female-centred, and that the world was at peace when god was a woman.

In the artist’s own words, “Envisaged as archaeological dystopian assemblages, these works to me are apotropaic sculpture-amultes and esoteric spaces, from which one can resist the repressive discriminatory framework of patriarchal culture.”

About the artist:

Cecilia Bullo’s practice is research-based and informed by historical, mythological, psychoanalytic and feminist theories, which create a vital conceptual framework for her physical work. She has studied sculpture at IADT; Brera Fine Art Academy, Milan; the Academy of Fine Art, Athens and in 2009 she received her MFA from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin.

Her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally in exhibitions such as, I know why the caged bird sings, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, WARP, Sint-Niklaas, BE, (2022); Material Stories, curated by Helen Carey, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, AUT, (2022); Biomedia: Illness, Art and Medicine, curated by Felipe Osornio and CLOT Magazine, Museum of Contemporary Art, Querétaro, MX (2020).

She is currently an artist in residence at Fire Station Artists’ Studios having received the FSAS Residential Studio Award (2020/2023). She is a recipient of numerous awards from organisations such as, The Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, DCC and Culture Ireland.

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