“My artwork invites the viewer to be aware of their surroundings. To give nature a chance to recover. To appreciate and cherish our ecosystem’s survivors and realise that we can all make a positive difference.”... Into Kildare, Sept 23 View article
"My passion for biodiversity and conservation of our natural world continues to imbue my work. My art is an attempt to highlight nature’s beauty, the importance of retaining and encouraging wildlife habitats and what can be lost if we don’t."
Kilcock Art Gallery, School St. Kilcock, Co. Kildare, W23E5R5
Squirrel by Mary McGrath, included in the forthcoming solo exhibition "Endangered" at the Kilcock Art Gallery from 20th September 2023.
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.
Mary McGrath, artist and conservationist, speaks about animal and wild life species in Ireland during the era of St. Brigid. The series of talks were organised to inform artists when researching Brigid for the Open Call Art Trail, February 2024 in Kildare Town, organised by Sult Artists.
Watch the full talk at Sult Artists on YouTube.