Solo Exhibitions

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2019 ‘Domestic Resistance at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Miriam Mc Connon’s exhibition ‘Domestic Resistance’ conveys domestic objects and the human narrative of displacement and in particular the struggle to establish a new home following conflict. The work is concerned with the social aspect of conflict as opposed to the political one. It examines the resilience of the domestic space and its necessity in the struggle to overcome displacement and begin again.

Over the past year The Artist has met with several women from conflict areas such as Serbia, Egypt, Cyprus, Iran, Lebanon and Syria. These women shared their stories of survival with Mc Connon and objects that represent for them the creation of a new home in order to start over. A child’s shoe, two dead roses, a Syrian banknote, a ceramic plate and an embroidered placemat are among the chosen objects.  The objects lie alone on the canvas disenfranchised from their environment. They have become evidential testimonies to the female story of displacement.

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2018 ‘Maid At Home’ at the Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

Miriam Mc Connon’s recent work presents paintings and drawings of domestic objects.  She is preoccupied with the nature of these objects and their narratives.  The work is concerned with the human connection to the domestic object. 

Miriam examines to what extent do domestic rhythms and the objects that occupy these rhythms shape our memories and our emotional attachments. It is the preoccupation of gender association with the domestic object that interests her.

This recent body of work aims to create discussion around the importance of femininity in the domestic world.  It also aims to question if its heavy association with the domestic scene undermines the strength and influence of femininity in our sense of home and in turn the role of the female in the domestic realm. 

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2017 ‘In Life’s Pocket’ at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin Ireland

Miriam Mc Connon’s recent work presents paintings and drawings of domestic objects.  She is preoccupied with the nature of these objects and their narratives.  The work is concerned with the human connection to the domestic object.

She re-presents these everyday objects in a new context in order to highlight an intimacy about them and to expose the power they have to reveal certain aspects of the rhythm of life.

In Mc Connon’s work the chosen objects are sometimes re-contextualized. The background becomes placeless and is shrouded in pattern. This pattern creates a sense of nostalgia around the object, its sense of security, seeking to preserve its memory through decoration.

 Mc Connon’s work aims to trigger a social and a personal association with the objects they present. The work touches on the complexity of gender association in our domestic world.

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2016 ‘Domestic Landscapes’ – at the Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

Mc Connon is compelled to paint domestic objects and repeat their patterns, extending them across the painting like the silent speech of nostalgia.  She creates structures with them. These are her domestic landscapes. She re-presents domestic objects in a way that allows the viewer to see them in a different way and to notice the overlooked details of our everyday life. 

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2014 ‘Threads in Time’ at the Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

This series of work examines the importance of memory and its influence over our sense of identity. Mc Connon depicts everyday domestic objects and the quiet narratives and personal mythologies that they hold. 

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2012 ‘The Persistence of Memory’ at the Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

Simple and quiet domestic scenes are the subject of Mc Connon’s recent work. Each scene has been carefully chosen by the artist. Everyday household objects occupy each scene. These objects have been well worn and bear the evidence of time passing. Each carries its own individual story.

These paintings make us question the power that nostalgia has over us and its necessity in our lives.

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2012 ‘My Machintosh Box’ at the Talbot Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

In this series of paintings Mc Connon looks at the link between memorabilia and memory. The paintings are based on an old Machintosh Box that contained letters and objects from her father’s childhood

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2011 Drawing exhibition at the Rouan Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

This exhibition of mainly large scale drawings of charcoal on paper examines abandoned interiors along the Green Line partition in Nicosia, Cyprus. Mc Connon focuses on domestic objects that hold a human narrative to this ongoing conflict. 

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2010 ‘Recent Paintings’ at the Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

Recent Paintings 2010

Mc Connon’s recent paintings examine human narratives behind objects of worship. The work is based on votive offerings that she discovered on regular visits to the ancient catacombs. 

Miriam’s paintings are dark in appearance, echoing the colours of the catacomb’s interior. Faded icons and votive offerings have become the central form in her work. The artist has scratched and scraped away any recognizable religious imagery in the paintings, leaving only the absence of a figure of worship to remain. 

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2008 ‘Silent Innocence’ at The Lemon Street Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Silent Innocence

In this series of paintings the viewer is confronted by the delicate form of the communion dress with the detailed pattern of the dress repeating itself across the surface of the canvas. The paintings radiate a quiet beauty that comes with sadness and loss. In this series of paintings Mc Connon deals with a personal narrative of the loss of religious faith examining its link to one’s cultural identity.

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