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Press relating to Dorothy Cross

  • Dorothy Cross: Eye of Shark at Frith Street Gallery ~ Sean Ashton

    Published in Art Review, January 2016 ( January & February 2016 146 )

    Twelve dilapidated cast-iron bathtubs arranged in a four-by-three grid line the gallery floor. Above them, set into the wall at head height, is a marble recess containing a small sealed box. Inside, we’re told, is a shark’s eye. As with religious reliquaries, we take the truth of the hidden contents on trust, but the votive suggestion is enough to give the glazed aperture the character of an eye watching over its cracked and corroded disciples.

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  • The Buck Stopped Here: Dorothy Cross’s shark tales ~ Louisa Buck

    Published in The Art Newspaper, December 2015

    From her vantage point on Ireland’s wild west Connemara coast, Dorothy Cross conjures up magical, ritualistic works that dissolve the boundaries between nature, culture, religion and superstition to haunting and memorable effect. Rows of rusting iron baths fill part of the gallery with what looks like an ancient burial site, each with a careful band of gilding replacing the accumulated residue of scummy watermarks.

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  • Irish Museum exhibition is a real treasure trove of modern art ~ Alan O'Riordan

    Published in Irish Examiner, November 2014

    The show, Trove, is the result of Cross being let play the magpie among the collections of several national cultural institutions: the National Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, the Crawford Gallery in Cork and IMMA itself.


    “That idea of vulnerability is one thing I am very interested in and which has come through in this,” she continues. “The fact that these museums maintain things that otherwise would have been lost or maybe found in your attic, that is very important. But what we usually see is perfection, in a museum, something conserved to perfection. We don’t normally see any cracks. But I was very keen to show that.”

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  • Dorothy’s art gives death new lease of life ~ Declan McGuire

    Published in Connacht Tribune, October 2014

    Her work is beautiful, surreal and often challenging but nothing is done to shock or be grotesque, she says. In person, she is warm and quirky and that’s reflected in the art, where there’s a sense of mischief and gentle humour.

    “There has to be,” says Cork-born Dorothy who lives just outside Tully Cross in Connemara, with seas, mountains and islands on her doorstep.

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  • Dorothy Cross: life, death and magic on the Connemara coast ~ Aidan Dunne

    Published in The Irish Times, 27 March 2014

    Dorothy Cross’s exhibition Connemara was on view at Turner Contemporary in Margate in January. Now she has reshaped the show for the RHA’s cavernous main gallery space. It is dramatically different and tremendously effective in terms of content and installation.
    Make your way through the entrance lobby and you find yourself in a darkened, seemingly limitless interior in which individual works are picked out in pools of light, and two looped video projections flicker on opposite walls.
    Still garbed in utilitarian overalls and making a final, ruthless edit of what to put in and what to leave out, Cross provides a concise account of what’s on view and the genesis of the overall project. “I’ve lived in Connemara for about 12 years now. Most of the work [in this exhibition] I’ve made in that time, and a lot of it is specifically to do with Connemara.”

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  • DOROTHY CROSS: CONNEMARA ~ Emma Crichton Miller

    Published in The Financial Times, 27 September 2013

    I have driven miles across the Irish Republic to visit Dorothy Cross, one of the country’s most distinguished contemporary artists. She lives in the far west of Connemara, beyond the fretwork of bog and lake, beyond the sharp-peaked Twelve Bens looming beneath a shifting sky, where the coastline fragments into inlets and islets. From the window of her simple farmhouse you see the entrance to Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and the “smooth bald hill”, the impressive Mweelrea, rising beyond. This empty landscape, best known from the paintings of Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats and others, seems fit for hermits and visionaries.

    In Cross’s driveway, however, there is commotion. Her new black Labrador bounds genially, demanding a walk. There are builders finishing an extension linking her simple farmhouse with her pure wedge-shaped studio – “So that I won’t have to get wet when it rains.” Cross had a tea party for the builders the day before to celebrate the completion. That morning a curator had arrived to discuss her show in Dublin next year.

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  • Dorothy Cross: Review ~ Laura Cumming

    Published in The Observer, April 2011

    The paces of human and geological time are at the centre of this show. In the film, the camera gliding slowly down the sparkling stalactite, time is measured in millennia, but also in the brief notes sung by a boy soprano to the drips of the million-year-old rock. Sound is matched to vision – the fine high notes that might shatter the crystal, the little voice against the immense rock – in a subtle metaphor of awe and fear.

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    Published in The Observer, April 2010

    A good many works by the great Irish artist Dorothy Cross that evoke the deep blue in some form or other, not least her electrifying Ghost Ship, in which she covered a disused lightship with luminous paint and moored it off Dún Laoghaire harbour, where it haunted the coastline with its spectral glow, perfectly evoking the seafaring past as a mirage.

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  • Swimming with Sharks ~ Aidan Dunne

    Published in The Irish Times, March 28 2007

    ‘Dorothy Cross was much taken with the amateur zoologist Maude Delap, who lived a life that, from the outside, may have seemed marked by personal disappointments and the social and cultural limitations and constraints of her time, but was also extraordinarily rich and fulfilled.’

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  • Dorothy Cross: Irish Museum of Modern Art ~ Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith

    Published in ArtForum, October 2005

    (Dorothy Cross’s) works draw much of their darkly humorous power from their ambiguous echoes of human sexual organs. Like the stuffed-snake works, however, they also draw on a particular animal’s accumulated wealth of symbolic associations across many cultures.

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