Abigail O’Brien: Temperance – a selection of work from the series

Friday 14 January – Monday 25 April 2011
Abigail O’Brien RHA: Fools Gold, 2009, Lamdachrome print, A/P, 1/3, 99 x 120 cm, image courtesy of the artist. | Abigail O’Brien: Temperance – a selection of work from the series | Friday 14 January – Monday 25 April 2011 | Royal Hibernian Academy

In 2007, Abigail O’Brien RHA spent a three month residency in the Oatfield Sweet Factory in Letterkenny, County Donegal, as part of a Percent for Art Scheme of Donegal County Council. O’Brien was determined that the work produced there would have a metaphorical reach far beyond the documenting of the sweet making process and for that ambition she took the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance as her guide and theme. Temperance can most simply be defined as ‘self-restraint in the face of temptation or desire’ and in these sumptuous photographs of the manufacture of confectionery’s desire the artist succeeds in moving us into the moral realm.

Image: Abigail O’Brien RHA: Fools Gold, 2009, Lamdachrome print, A/P, 1/3, 99 x 120 cm, image courtesy of the artist.
Friday 14 January – Monday 25 April 2011
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