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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: Teacup by Dorothy Cross for 1997

10 June 2016

This artwork has been selected from Art and Architecture of Ireland Volume V: Twentieth Century.

Born in 1956 in Cork, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world through her work in sculpture, film and photography.

Yvonne Scott writes in The Irish Times: ‘Cross is undoubtedly fascinated too by the respective beauty and drama, by the delicacy of the vessels, by the imperatives of human nature.

‘Teacup displays a short section of the film within the rim of the photographed cup, showing the men in their precarious craft battling the waves.  A somewhat surreal artwork... encompassing a domestic object and an outdoor activity, both conflates and contrasts the aspirations of manly, outdoor pursuits and the interior world of feminine, polite society, within the domestic realm’.

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