Matter Mammal Oil Soar is an experiment in art writing which explores the work of visual artist Orla Whelan. Playfully subverting existing conventions of art criticism, this publication reimagines notions of authorship, advocacy and agency, giving critical voice to the artist while painting a fuller picture of what is at play within an art practice, an exhibition and a body of work. With an essay by Noah Lawler and contributions from Dr. Rowena Hall and Lorna Whale, each text offers alternative insights into themes that inform Whelan’s work, while considering what can be said about painting, colour and the transcendent potential of art.
Matter Mammal Oil Soar was designed by Ruth Martin, with photography by Denis Mortell and published by Whale Dust with 56 pages, 210 x 138mm, softback, thread sewn, offset printed in full colour by Print Media Services. Matter Mammal Oil Soar received support from the Arts Council of Ireland through a Visual Art Bursary.
About the author:
Orla Whelan is a contemporary Irish artist whose practice includes painting, drawing, writing and installation – orlawhelan.com