I am very pleased to have been included in a collaboration of printmakers from around the globe, brought together by Team Babel. They are a private working group consisting of four printmakers, based at Ratamo printmaking studio in the city of Jyväskylä, Finland.
In honour of Ratamo’s 10th anniversary in September 2023 Team Babel planned a collaborative artwork based on the painting 'The Great Tower of Babel' (1563) by the well-known Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Printmakers from Studios all over the world were invited to submit a small image, made using different printmaking methods, the theme of which was a square from the original painting selected by lottery. Each artist was asked to respond to their given square in print. One of the representatives of Leinster Printmaking Studio here in Ireland, I was charged with the theme of a painting of men working on a building, the second image here, which is H12 on the grid on the last image.
Team Babel will mount an exhibition, at Galleria Ratamo in Finland this December. They will display all the original prints submitted plus a reconstruction of Breugel's original panting using the artists' printed submissions.
One set of the project work will be donated for the collection of Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland and two sets of the project will be stored by Jyväskylä Art Museum to be ready for a possible travelling exhibition in the future.
Galleria Ratamo, Veturitallinkatu 6, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
Project Babel - Mary McGrath's response to the theme of a painting of men working on a building - H12 on the grid on the image of 'The Great Tower of Babel' (1563) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, to be exhibited at Galleria Ratamo, Finland, December 2023.
25th July - 7th August 2023
Irish National Stud & Gardens, Brallistown Little, Tully, Co. Kildare, R51 KX25
8th July - 26th August 2023
Esker Arts Centre, High St, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NY50, Ireland
SULT Artists at No. 8 Gallery, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare:
September 2022 - June 2023
Life Goes On, Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8:
29th October - 29th November 2022
Solas Bhride, Kildare: 26th January - 9th February 2022
Boland’s Gallery, Kildare: June - December 2021
GRA Gallery, Naas, Co Kildare: December 2020
Mary McGrath's work is held in:
The OPW (Office of Public Works) Collection
The Irish Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria
Kildare County Council
Private collections in Ireland, the United States, Italy and Luxembourg.