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Rosemarie McGoldrick
Bird, Plane, Superwoman

Artefact

Art & Nature Collection
Workplace 2010
Belfast

March 2007

photographic print


To illustrate the artist/viewer nexus in relation to my research into nature-watching, in 2006 I embarked on a series of photographic prints examining degrees of reflexivity in nature-watching. One of these, Bird, Plane, Superwoman is a photographic self-portrait of me looking through binoculars at the camera with paper cut-outs of a bird in flight and a jet fighter respectively stuck on to the lenses of the binoculars, and thus examines the space and distance between viewer and artist.

The interposition of the binoculars and the superficial cut-outs are alienating devices, requiring the viewer to consider themes of looking and watching inside and outside the conventions of portraiture.

The first limited edition print of Bird, Plane, Superwoman was acquired by Rita Duffy in March 2007 for the Northern Ireland Civil Service’s contemporary art collection on art and nature, based at Workplace 2010, Belfast.


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