The Leitrim Sculpture Centre is delighted to present SEED MATTER Part II ‘Living Fields’, a multi-media exhibition by Leitrim based artist Christine Mackey.
This exhibition which runs until August 11, organised to coincide with the Agricultural show in Manorhamilton at the end of July, addresses Mackey’s on-going social investigation of land use, plant culture and community gardening in an attempt to envision local ecological processes relative to global contexts.
Mackey also reflects on the wider geo-political effects of international patency laws such as ‘Order 81’, and similar European directives (ie. the DUS Law), which discourage farmers from saving and re-using their indigenous seeds. Only last week the EPA sanctioned for the first time the test growing of gm potatoes in Ireland, awarding the liscence to Teagasc.
For SEED MATTER Part II ‘Living Fields’ Mackey unearths rare archival material in relation to Dr. Keith Lamb’s record of apple species once found growing in a vast network of orchards in Ireland. Running parallel is a video work titled Nick’s Press, which documents the ‘lost’ craft of pressing apples during ‘apple day’ an annual event, held by Manorhamilton Transition town group.
Living Fields is a live installation of various heritage plants from Ireland and abroad, which are in the process of going to and/or, in seed.