This is an oil triptych I did for an exhibition in Galway comemorating the 100th aniversary of the Ester Rising.
The first piece shows De Valera in Bolands mill, the only rebel stronghold where all women were prohibited from, this paternalistic attitude would foreshadow the plight of women as he shaped it post independence to the church’s demands/requirements. The third piece shows James Connolly,a socialist and incredible thinker and advocate on behalf of women, as he lies wounded in the GPO, fittingly consoled by a female presence. The middle piece, a melting statue of the virgin Mary (melting only on Connolly’s side), attempts to challenge us to imagine how different Ireland’s post rebellion history vis-a-vis becoming or not becoming a Catholic state,might have been if Connolly had survived and helped shape subsequent Irish history.
Oil on Canvas 55x120 cm