Cecily Brennan: Hero’s Engine
18th – 20th November 2011
Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall is a new offsite project space in a former Victorian church hall. Lismore Castle Arts invited Cecily Brennan to show a work in response to the themes of the Robert Boyle Science Festival.
Brennan’s explorations of health, illness, damage and recovery have developed into an interest in physics. Hero’s Engine sees the physicality of the body becoming abstracted into a scientific examination of action and reaction, cause and effect.
Thought-provoking, disturbing and yet beautiful, these are highly intelligent works, which linger on in the mind.
2011 represents the 350th anniversary of the publication of Robert Boyle’s famous book entitled, “The Skeptical Chymist”. This document set the scene for the establishment of the academic discipline we now call the Chemical Sciences. 2011 is also the year that has been designated the International Year of Chemistry (or more simply, IYC) and so it is appropriate that Robert Boyle’s enormous contribution to the subject will be celebrated in a science festival to be hosted at his birthplace in Lismore, Co.Waterford.