October 19, 2009

Maria McKinney

Tangos Dress Hire, Temple Bar

Viewing Maria’s piece from inside the shop-front window we are presented with a backdrop of Ireland’s Central Bank & Financial Services Authority – a symbol of economic power and austerity.

The humility of the small onion installation relates to riots in India, in the late 1990s, in which a number of people were killed. The fighting began over the increasing price of onions due to the expansion of the globalised food market.

The onion is also a symbol of the build-up of layers and things having more substance under the surface. The looping wire around Maria’s piece resembles flight paths around the globe and emphasises the connectivity of all people and places around the world.

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