Cork Printmakers is delighted to announce the opening of Flail. Flail is a test ground and fluid project space for new work by Debbie Godsell.
Godsell explores the meaning of custom and tradition, ethnicity, identity and belief systems through the lens of the Church of Ireland tradition of the harvest thanksgiving. ‘Flail’ examines the symbolic frameworks of this annual tradition, bringing together contemporary and historical iterations and their collective meaning within a modern Ireland.
By drawing together concepts of culture clash and ethno-cultural notions, Godsell tentatively explores the inherent tensions and contradictions within an Irish minority group that holds an historically complex relationship with the land and belonging.
Speaking about the project, Godsell said: “This project was a difficult one. I set out to visually explore aspects of folk history, tradition and custom within the Church of Ireland and found myself embarking on an identity project that was challenging, rewarding and deeply personal”.
This iteration, encompassing video, digital and textile works, will inform and expand two forthcoming solo exhibitions and is generously supported by an Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary and a Cork County Arts Office Creative Arts Bursary.
Flail will run from February - April 2023 at Cork Printmakers Studio Gallery, opening hours 10am-5pm Monday to Friday by appointment, viewings on Saturdays by special arrangement.
Date and Time
Thursday Feb 16, 2023Thursday Apr 6, 2023
Opening 5.30pm by Sarah Kelleher, Thursday 16th February
10am-5pm Monday to Friday by appointment, viewings on Saturdays by special arrangement.