Fruity Bodies - exhibition of work by Joanna Hopkins

Fruity Bodies is now open at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon . The work explores folklore with landscape and the human form.

In her work, Hopkins focuses on the female body, menstruation and native plants. She uses plants and plant dyes from her local hedgerows and fields in a wide range of media including sculpture, embroidery, photography and film. She makes abstract connections in her artworks between humans and nonhuman entities inspired by her local natural environment. 

Many images in the installation are produced by blackberries and the sun, and they will fade if placed in direct sunlight over time. In this instance, the sun both gives the image and takes away the image. Gallery 2 will feature a large hawthorn tree branch sculpture dotted and pierced with cotton and sheep’s wool, hand dyed with hawthorn leaves, blackberries, elderberries, briars, pinecones and bracken ferns.

About Joanna Hopkins 

Joanna Hopkins is an Irish artist working in video, collage, drawing, photography and installation. She has a research-based practice, often working site specifically, and has exhibited across Ireland, the UK, Europe, China and the US. Recent awards include Visual Artist Bursary Award Arts Council of Ireland 2023/2021, Create Collaborative Project Award 2024; Platform 31 Artist Award 2022; and Meath County Council Artist Award 2023/2022. 

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