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Spiders & Cheerleaders Opens This Friday

The Complex presents ‘Spiders and Cheerleaders’, a solo exhibition by Emma Roche. The exhibition is the fifth and final in The Complex’s 2021 Visual Arts programme entitled “Nature echoes Reality, Artifice echoes Fiction”, in which artists are invited to consider the Gallery’s architecture as part of their process.



On Friday the 3rd of December, ‘Spiders and Cheerleaders’ will preview from 6-8PM in The Ground Floor Gallery.


‘Spiders and Cheerleaders’ is a site specific exhibition reflecting enquiries into labour, employment and motherhood. Roche’s paintings combine methodologies of knitting or tapestry with painting to form layered and textured works. The artist explores 'everyday' ideas in these paintings which are made using long lines of dried paint employed like wool or thread. Ideas concerning how we structure and organise time are highlighted through these pieces as the labour involved in their production is apparent.


A newly commissioned text by Rebecca Fortnum accompanies the exhibition ‘Hannah and her Sisters: loss of face in the paintings of Emma Roche’, November 2021. The full text available here.


‘Spiders and Cheerleaders’ will continue until Thursday December 16th and opens from 10AM-5PM on weekdays, 12-5PM on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays. Masks are essential, and booking is not required.


The Complex Gallery Programme is proudly sponsored by The Arts Council of Ireland.

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