Jaki Irvine’s work has the resonance of the imperfectly understood. Like a scene glimpsed from a train, a film seen long ago or a story half-remembered, it never ‘reveals’ itself, and is all the more enduring for that.
Exhibited at the Institute in 2005, Plans for Forgotten Works evolved out of a visiting research fellowship Irvine undertook a year earlier in the Institute’s archive of sculptors’ papers.
Irvine’s work has always seemed to be about the fragmented quality of the world in which we live, and how the fragments may be more enduring than the whole. Her work is perfectly suited to the nature of an archive, which is to preserve material of astonishing depth but with little bublic status.
Introduced by Penelope Curtis (Curator of the Henry Moore Institute), this catalogue documents Irvine’s work in the archive and beyond through three essays:
Far far away, dissolve, and quite forget…
Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith
Everything happens for the first time, but in a way that is eternal
Plans for Forgotten Works
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