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Abigail O’Brien

Temperance, Abigail O'Brien

Temperance, Abigail O'BrienTemperance
Abigail O’Brien
Donegal County Council Public Art Office

Text by Dr. David Galloway and John M. Cunningham.


111 pages
280 x 215 mm
ISBN 9780955330162


Abigail O’Brien’s Temperance is a cauldron of brimful of complexities, contradictions and dualities set in the context of an iconic Donegal sweet factory. This photobook was created after the artist was in residency at the Oatfield Sweet Factory, Letterkenny, a long-established feature of the local landscape. In a series of photographs, O’Brien brings to the fore the usually hidden production processes behind confectionary-making, imbuing them with a certain spirituality and ruminating on mortality, morality and existence.

About the Artist
Abigail O’Brien, PHRA, is a contemporary Irish artist and the first female president of the Royal Hibernian Academy since its establishment in 1823. O’Brien’s work explores themes such as ritual and rites of passage, and the domestic realm. Her work employs many media including Photography, Sculpture, Video, Sound and hand-made embroidered objects.

About the Publisher
The Donegal County Council Public Art Office works closely with a wide range of artists, arts organisations, education service providers and community groups in all parts of County Donegal. In line with goals and objectives of the ‘Cultúr: A Strategic Vision for Cultural Services 2016-2020’, this work prioritises the continuous improvement of access to and participation in creative activities among all members of the public, the promotion and development of the educational value of the arts and the support of quality and innovation in the arts sector, through a wide range of development initiatives, events programmes and supports. Donegal County Council gratefully acknowledges the on-going financial support of The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon in many of the initiatives and programmes outlined. The Arts Council has been a co-funder of Donegal County Council’s arts development programme since 1988.