Global Irish Research Network (GIRN) Seminar - Yvonne Scott

When:14 May 2013, 5:30pm - 7pm
Venue:Room 310, Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Who:A/Prof Yvonne Scott

'Sylvestri Hiberni': Re-presenting wilderness in Irish visual art'

Since the turn of the millennium, there has been an exceptional interest in the representation of the forest in Irish art, forming a distinct and extensive body of work by a range of significant artists. Yet Ireland is not especially known for its forests nor have they played a role in the semiotics of national identity in Ireland in the last hundred years. A/Professor Scott’s paper considers historical precedents for woodland imagery in Ireland, and the relevance of social, economic and political factors in its reappearance in contemporary art.

Yvonne Scott is Associate Professor, Head of Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and Director of TRIARC, the Irish Art Research Centre. She has published extensively and curated exhibitions in various aspects of Irish and international modern and contemporary art, including The West as Metaphor exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, the book Jack Yeats: Old and New Departures, and essays on topics including Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Louis le Brocquy. A recent project was the IRCHSS supported Bacon's Books: The Library of Francis Bacon, jointly with Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane. Her representations include the Boards of the Royal Irish Academy Art and Architecture of Ireland Project (Vol.V), the Royal Hibernian Academy, and the National Self-Portrait Collection, University of Limerick. Her current research project is a book on agendas in the representation of Irish landscape, supported by an IRCHSS fellowship.

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