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Image: Cecilia Bullo, Underbelly Glossolalia, drawing and pigment on paper, 2024. Images of aloe leaves in vivid pink and peach.

Visual Art: ‘Endlessnessnessness’ Exhibition at the LAB

1 Feb - 23 Mar 2024 (Past)

The LAB Gallery, 1 Foley Street, Dublin 1

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.’ 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.

There is a preview of the exhibition on Thursday 1 February, from 6pm to 8pm.

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 on Wednesday 6 March, 6.30 pm at The LAB Gallery. More information and booking details are available here

Artists include Ella Bertilsson, Hannah Ní Mhaonaigh, and 2020 Arts and Disability Connect Training award recipient, Cecilia Bullo. Cecilia 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, Arts & 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.

For more information visit dublincityartsoffice.ie. You can view more of Cecilia’s work at ceciliabullo.com

Image: Cecilia Bullo, ‘Underbelly Glossolalia’, drawing and pigment on paper, 2024

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