Lenses and Lentils - On the work of Roisin McNamee

A text by Suzanne Walsh

\excerpt “These quasi-scientific assemblages at times resemble experiments in some post-apocalyptic sci-fi world, where knowledge of their original purpose is long since lost. Passed down orally through generations they become instead hand-crafted ritual objects for meditating on existence, while still retaining a trace memory, a backward grasp for a lost knowledge, albeit with humbler materials…………….. This sacred and profane back and forth is a theme in McNamee’s practice, as is both precision and carelessness - minute work often contained in rougher structures, almost unfinished, everyday objects propelled into transcendence of their origins.”

Special thanks to Clodagh Emoe, Sinead Hogan, Ceara Martyn, Patrick Kelleher, Andrew Healy, David Crean, Atoosa Pour Housseini, Ulla Juske, Geraldine Robinson, Greta Moore, Michelle Bourke-Girgis, Olwyn Roche, Johann P, Liezl Erasmus,

Hey, Peanut!

Phase 1 of developmental artwork will take place as part of PLAYFUL POLITICS - ART AND AESTHETIC INTERVENTION

Live artwork which will be documented through photography and film and become part of the wider conversation and event.

Phase 2 will see production of sculpture from the material (peanut shells, peanuts) generated through Phase 1 which has potential to be a collaborative process to explore themes such as empowerment of the worker.

Hey, Peanut! Seeks Nut ShellersHey, Peanut! is an artwork devised by Roisin McNamee for PLAYFUL POLITICS - ART AND AESTHETIC INTERVENTION.
A GradCAM event hosted by Clodagh Emoe in The Drawing Project, IADT, Dun Laoghaire, 26th June, 2014, 7pm-9pmThis is an opportunity to be part of a unique artwork, an unfolding process in the form of a ‘factory line’..
While engaged in the repetitive task of shelling and sorting peanuts conversations approaching ideas such as
the of value of fabrication, an artists wage and political agency will be encouraged. Participants are invited to the Drawing Project at 4pm- 6pm for the first stage of this work.
An “official” break will be offered before resuming “work” at 7pm – 9pm for the duration of the event.    To learn more about PLAYFUL POLITICS - ART AND AESTHETIC INTERVENTION please visit:
event page
To participate in this unique event on Thursday 26th June from 4- 6pm / 7pm-9pm
please RSVP roisinlee.mcnamee@gmail.com or call 0858217318

Hey, Peanut! Seeks Nut Shellers

Hey, Peanut! is an artwork devised by Roisin McNamee for PLAYFUL POLITICS - ART AND AESTHETIC INTERVENTION.

A GradCAM event hosted by Clodagh Emoe in The Drawing Project, IADT, Dun Laoghaire, 26th June, 2014, 7pm-9pm

This is an opportunity to be part of a unique artwork, an unfolding process in the form of a ‘factory line’..

While engaged in the repetitive task of shelling and sorting peanuts conversations approaching ideas such as

the of value of fabrication, an artists wage and political agency will be encouraged.

Participants are invited to the Drawing Project at 4pm- 6pm for the first stage of this work.

An “official” break will be offered before resuming “work” at 7pm – 9pm for the duration of the event.    

To learn more about PLAYFUL POLITICS - ART AND AESTHETIC INTERVENTION please visit:

event page


To participate in this unique event on Thursday 26th June from 4- 6pm / 7pm-9pm

please RSVP roisinlee.mcnamee@gmail.com or call 0858217318

Bass tickle boiled bog
cotton cord, coca-cola, white noise generator.
Hunters Moon
The Dock, Carraig-on-Shannon.
October 2013

Bass tickle boiled bog

cotton cord, coca-cola, white noise generator.

Hunters Moon

The Dock, Carraig-on-Shannon.

October 2013

Double Helix Dreamer
Moorings for Coracle Oracle
May 2013
Satellite Project Space

Double Helix Dreamer

Moorings for Coracle Oracle

May 2013

Satellite Project Space

Coracle Oracle
3 part event: exhibition, free coracle building workshop
and procession with catalogue. Phizzfest ‘Waterways’.
May 2013.
Collaborative project Satellite Studios, Dublin.
Ceara Martyn, Becky Coffey, Ed Devane, Roisin McNamee.

Coracle Oracle

3 part event: exhibition, free coracle building workshop

and procession with catalogue. Phizzfest ‘Waterways’.

May 2013.

Collaborative project Satellite Studios, Dublin.

Ceara Martyn, Becky Coffey, Ed Devane, Roisin McNamee.

Lenticularis

Solo show at the Joinery

July 2012.

'Zone of Inhibition'

Agar agar (isinglass), mixed media, digital print on acrylic.

photos courtesy of Liezl Erasmus.



Lenticularis
(digital video still)
approx 10 mins long

Lenticularis

(digital video still)

approx 10 mins long