Ireland’s Great Hunger MuseumMarch 30, 2013
Quinnipiac Univeristy, Hamden, Connecticut, USA
by, Meredith Meagher
In his painting Departure, Padraic depicts an apocalyptic human procession trudging across a blighted and bloodies potato field, the emaciated dead lying beneath the feet of the mourners, the living marching towards perpetual exile on a famine ship. The anger of the piece encapsulates the mood of the inaugural exhibition of the newly opened Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Like many of the works by contemporary artists on display, the characters in Reany’s painting appear suspended between what has been lost and what lies ahead, neither memorial nor chronicle, transcending tired historical debates, unapologetic in their rage…
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