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Irish Women Artists / Four Courts Press

 “Each generation opens the wounds, which close in the night behind them.”
Miriam Schapiro

Schapiro’s poetic summary of the ever-necessary feminist academic project is quoted within this collection of lectures edited by Éimear O’Connor. This line provides a powerful metaphor for Irish Women Artists’ scope and reach, tracing several generations of gendered visual practice – not quite all of it by women – and reopening the “wounds” of overlooked, misunderstood, “scapegoated” and marginalized work. As important as the provision and interpretation of new information on little known artists and makers in these texts, is their capacity to explore how and why these historical injuries occurred.

Read Becky Huff Hunter’s book review at Whitehot, published January 2011.