Entitled ‘A Portrait of Life Through Belonging’ the new solo exhibition, on display at the Saldanha Gallery until July 24, includes 21 life-size cyanotypes (one for each year of life) ranging from a wristwatch to a motorcycle, a collection of personal effects owned by Brigid’s late brother.
Séan Mulligan was a motorcycle mechanic who passed away on April 1, 2002 at the age of 21.
The exhibition also includes a series of light sculptures including a “chandelier” that explores what alternative sanctuaries might look like, assembled from recycled motion indicators.
Brigid said: “I am forced to create work that explores my perspective of loss in the broader context of how Irish society deals with grief. Having experienced the loss of my brother due to a motorcycle accident when I was only 16, I felt there was a lack of understanding about pain communication. It is imperative that the work opens up spaces for meaningful conversation and the benefit of exhibiting this work at Artlink Fort Dunree provides the opportunity to engage with a new audience while opening a conversation about how we experience pain.
“It is important to bring non-artistic communities such as Irish motorcyclists into the art gallery and to engage with the people of Donegal who have also suffered high levels of casualties from road accidents.”
Artlink project coordinator Rebecca Strain added: “This exhibition was selected from over 50 submissions because not only does it allow an Irish artist to develop their practice, but its theme is very relevant to the community that lives and visits here. Many bikers visit Fort Dunree during the summer and we wanted to showcase artwork that spoke to their community. Last year and this year we worked with the Irish Hospice Foundation on the Compassionate Culture Network project in Buncrana. We saw that there was a real need for people to find space to deal with grief and loss. We hope that Brigid’s use of darkness and light, her sensitivity to pain, even after many years, will allow visitors to feel that it is important to remember the people we have lost and to find ways to keep them part of the our daily life “.
The exhibition runs at Artlink Fort Dunree until July 24, 2022 every day from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.