Local ceramic artist Eimear Crowe's exhibition "Drumlin Moons of Mountains" is on display in Cavan County Museum and running until 19th March 2023. The exhibition is inspired by the landscape and history of County Cavan's bog landscape.
The exhibition was officially opened by Frank Conway, former Senior Lecturer of Theatre Design at Sligo IT and with a wealth of experience in theatre and film design including at the Abbey and Druid theatres.
Below is an explanation about the exhibition from the artist, Eimear Crowe:
The work in this exhibition is inspired by the landscape of Fartrin Bog near Ballyconnell Co. Cavan. This ceramic sculptural work references the bogs unique biodiversity and social history. In collaboration with members of the West Cavan Bogs association I learned how bogs have a delicate ecosystem. Bogs not only have plants and insects that have adapted over thousands of years to thrive and develop in this environment, but bogs also sequester carbon which is crucial in the fight against climate change.
Bogs have an acidic PH value which creates a perfect landscape in which all kinds of things can be preserved. Bog bodies being an obvious example. However, bogs because of their watery nature don’t allow for modern archeology methods using remote lasers or sensors. Therefore, archeologists can only use digging, probing and core gouging to find or discover what lies beneath. Most historical artifacts In Ireland are found accidentally in bogs through local turf cutting and road building.
Through a professional development grant from County Cavan Arts Office and the Cavan Heritage Office I worked in collaboration with the West Cavan Bogs Association and a team of UCC environmental archaeologists as part of the Future Bogs initiative. Here I learned about the techniques used in the analysis of a bog’s microscopic archaeology and the methods in carrying out their work in bog landscapes. Fartrin Bog is located near the site of an early monastic university its Abbot in the seven century St. Bricin was a renowned brain surgeon.
Sincere thanks to Clones Art Studio’s and Positive Age Cavan for the use of their space and equipment in the research and development of my clay sculptures.
For more information, please visit http://www.eimearcrowe.com