Little Flowers – Austin Hearne at deAppendix
Austin Hearne at deAppendix
28th February until 31st March 2017.
Sexy, beautiful, ugly, dead, dying, everywhere. Flowers: symbols of life, love and death, memorials to those past and passing. We are all flowers, battling time, only we have infinitely more than our showy friends. They remind us of our vibrancy, our individuality, our autonomy and cruelly our end.
The flowers in Austin Hearne’s photographs come from religious sites, photographed on his many research trips around Ireland. A mixture of fake and real, arranged in various vessels and placed in differing settings. In contrast to these documentary photos, Hearne presents a suite of staged still lifes, assembled from the rose gardens and land around the now defunct St Clare’s convent in Harold’s Cross where the artist has his studio. In these photographs he constructs every element within the photographic frame, from the painted vessels, collaged backgrounds and the arrangements of the flowers themselves. Through a range of photographic and print manipulation Hearne presents these photos as allegories or symbols posing questions on the Catholic Church’s influence on the many aspects of our lives, loves and bodies.
Austin Hearne completed his MFA at NCAD in 2016 and has exhibited in The Talbot Gallery Dublin, The Complex Dublin, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast and internationally in New York, Munich, Glasgow and London.