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Notebook: Painting

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Institutional Memory - Research

About The Project

About my project for Painting Module


"Women are not stupid, but they were not clever enough to realise that feminism did not bring freedom, but the opposite. That's why I'm glad feminism is dead."
Michel Houellebecq

In my work I refer often to a recent history of Ireland. It's a primary, basic research so far and it bases on my observations, stories I heard, books, movies and songs. In this project I refer, among others, to a The Virgin Prunes group, its influence in a punk rock scene in Dublin in 70's and 80's. It is an excellent example of creating music and at the same time making an artistic performance about the relations in Irish society dominated by the Catholic doctrine at the time. The idea invented by the members of the group also refers to another problem - an absence of women and children in humans institutional memory for centuries by which I mean most of the duration of modern history. The only testimonies of the presence of women in public life are their male projections contained in literature and visual arts. While I was doing this research I went back to pre -Christian period and I found an example where the position of women in society on the Green Island was completely different from that presented almost two thousand years later on the punk scene in Dublin - a story about Queen Maeve of Connacht...

"In the Celtic nations, women's rights equaled those of men. They owned property and occupied powerful positions within the society. Whomever brought more wealth and property into a marriage was considered the ruler of the household, be it man or woman. In the Irish kingdom of Connaught, sovereignty of the land passed to a woman, Queen Maeve. Her consort, King Ailill, received his royal status only by marrying the queen.
Celtic women were also not bound by the confines of monogamy even within marriage. Queen Maeve was infamous for her beauty and her sexual prowess. She had an array of lovers, most of whom were officers in her army...which thereby ensured the loyalty of her troops. Her bravest warriors were granted sexual favors, so the men fought hard and courageously on the battlefield for a chance to enjoy Maeve's "willing thighs."
The Intoxicating Warrior Queen
"The very fact that this story has survived culling at the hands of the Christian monks, who fixed the old oral tales in ink on parchment, is testament to how highly she was regarded by the Irish people. She did not escape unscathed, however; the story focusses not so much on her good deeds, but the perceived weaknesses of womanhood; she is depicted as headstrong, ambitious, promiscuous, greedy, jealous and vengeful, everything a good Christian woman should not be." Equal rights for women in ancient Ireland

I also let myself to compare women's rights in Ireland in Celtic times and those from the middle of the last century...

Equal rights for women in ancient Ireland

The Brehon Law was a system well ahead of its time. It was all about equality and democracy, and was based on a complex system of fines instead of corporal punishment. It covered everything from matters of commerce, crime, healthcare, the ownership of property to marital and family law, and equal rights.

  1. Women were entitled to enter all the same professions as men; they could be Druids, poets, physicians, lawgivers, teachers, warriors, leaders, even Queens
  2. Ireland’s two most legendary mythical heroes, Cuchullain and Fionn mac Cumhall were both taught their warrior skills by women.
  3. Women could be lawgivers - Brigid Brethach (Brigid of the Judgements), also known as Ambue, the ‘cowless’ or ‘propertyless’, served King Conchobar mac Nessa as his lawyer. She was said to have granted women the right to inherit land from their fathers, and was also associated with various other women’s causes in ancient law.
  4. Irish mythology is liberally sprinkled with tales of the deeds of Female Druids: Biróg, Tlachtga, Bé Chuille...
  5. Woman retained possession of all her own properties that she brought with her to the marriage
  6. Woman had the right to divorce men, if he did not fulfil his marital obligations, and if she so, she was entitled to take with her all her own possessions and half of their joint property, plus a portion for damages.
Source - Irish Central
Ten things that Irish women could not do in 1970s
  1. Keep their jobs in the public service or in a bank once they married
  2. Sit on a jury
  3. Buy contraceptives
  4. Drink in a pub
  5. Collect their Children’s Allowance
  6. Women were unable to get a restraining order against a violent partner
  7. Before 1976 they were unable to own their home outright
  8. Women could not refuse to have sex with their husband
  9. Choose her official place of residence
  10. Women could not get the same pay for jobs as men
Source - Irish Central

"“It’s submission,” Rediger murmured. “The shocking and simple idea, which had never been so forcefully expressed, that the summit of human happiness resides in the most absolute submission.” Michel Houellebecq, Submission


"Talking Painting with Fabian Marcaccio"
"We Need a New Kind of Feminist Art"
"These 20 Female Artists Are Pushing Figurative Painting Forward"
"Louise Nevelson - a rare female New York mid-century art star"
Equal rights for women in ancient Ireland
8 Women Who Turned Food into Feminist Art
Feminicide - collective women murders in Mexico
Recent rapist’s attacks in Cologne

Artists - Libraries

1. Christopher Hitchens ('God is not Great' 2007, 'Mortality' 2012)
2. 'Faithfull' by Marianne Faithfull, David Dalton, 1995
3. Richard Dawkins 'The God Delusion' 2006
4. Emmanuel Carrère 'The Kingdom'
5. Ludwik Stomma 'Or maybe it was different? Anthropology of the History'
6. Amos Oz 'The Black Box' 1987
7. A. Wajrak 'The Wolves' 2015 (a reportage book about lifes and habits of wolves)
8. Michel Houellebecq ('The Elementary Particles' 1998, 'Platform' 2001, 'The Possibillity of the Island' 2005, 'The Map and the Territory' 2010, 'Submission' 2015)
9. Diarmaid Ferriter 'Occasions of Sin. Sex and Society in Modern Ireland'
10. Rachael Keogh' Dying to Survive' 2009
11. Justine Delaney Wilson 'The High Society: Drugs and the Irish Middle Class' 2007

Sound & Video

1. Grimes "Oblivion"
2. Dead Can Dance, "Host of Seraphim"
3. Noir Désir - Le Vent Nous Portera
4. Brian Jonestown Massacre "Detka", song
5. Marillion "Misplaced Childhood", album
6. The Virgin Prunes - albums and live performances
7. Yoko Ono "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band" 1970 album | "Yes, I'm a Witch" 2007 8. Radiohead "Burn the Witch", song 2015
9. Marianne Faithfull "Mother Wolf", song 2014 | album "Give my love to London" 2014; "Broken English", song 1979
10. Sonic Youth "Massage the History", song 2009 11. The Knife "Pass This On", song 2003 12. TR/ST "Capitol" | "Sulk" | "Gloryhole", songs


1. "National Geographic Witchcraft Myths and Legends"
2. "Secret Files of the Inquisition"
3. Natalie Portman "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (a movie based on a biography of Amos Oz)
4. Danny Boyle - Sunshine (2007)
5. Paolo Sorrentino - everything
6. Christopher Nolan - Interstellar

Notebook - Site Map
- Sandymount
- Museum
- Objects
b. Progress
- Week II
- Week III
- Week IV
c. Exhibition

Print Media
Print Media
a. Screen
b. Etching
Painting Module
a. Presentation I
b. Presentation II
c. Gallery
New Media
a. New Media
b. Portfolio
c. Presentation
Professional Practice
Professional Practice
a. Art Work
b. Portfolio
c. Libraries

Inspirations and other Artists Work

To find more go to



Queen Meave, Liberation Law, Ireland, 70's, The Virgin Prunes, My own work, Greystones, Ireland, 2015

Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim