Dorothy Cross

Dorothy Cross 
Table Telescope 2016
cast iron table, antique brass telescope, gilded human skull, meteorite
49 x 28 cm / 19.3 x 11 in table
Dimensions variable telescope
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Dorothy Cross 
Eye of Shark 2014
9 cast iron baths, marble panel, shark eye and display box, amber glass
dimensions variable, installation view at the Modern Art Oxford. Photo: Ben Westoby 

Dorothy Cross, Foxglove, 2017, cast bronze, 88 x 35 x 30 cm / 34.6 x 13.8 x 11.8 in

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Dorothy Cross 
Whale  2011
Cuvier whale skeleton, cord, wood, rusted bucket and marble plinth
700 cm / 275.6 in
Installation view at Turner Contemporary Photo: Stephen White
Dorothy Cross 
Glassilaun snow peak 2014
Archival pigment print
edition of 4 AP
88.3 x 124 cm / 34.8 x 48.8 in unframed

Dorothy Cross
Distil
2014
barrister’s wig, marble, glass, leather, mahogany
height: 152 cm, diameter: 57.7 cm /height 59.8 in diameter 22.7 in

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Doorway
2014
wooden door and tree fungi
198 x 71 x 19 cm / 78 x 28 x 7.5 in

Dorothy Cross
Buoy 
2014
blue shark skin, white gold leaf, antique easel, Italian alabaster
180 x 130 x 80 cm / 70.9 x 51.2 x 31.5 in 

Dorothy Cross
Scales
2014
human skull, yellow gold leaf, coat hanger, steel wire, meteorites
hung from ceiling, height variable
83 x 50 x 13 cm / 32.7 x 19.7 x 5.1 in

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Tube
2000/2014
bronze tube
160 x 50.8 cm / 63 x 20 in 

Basking Shark Currach
2013
Basking shark skin, wooden currach frame
138 x 265 x 92 cm / 54.3 x 104.3 x 36.2 in 

Dorothy Cross
Everest Shark
2013
Bronze
28 x 185 x 85 cm / 11 x 72.8 x 33.5 in

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Dorothy Cross
Finger Crab
2011
solid cast sterling silver
8 x 9.5 x 12 cm / 3.1 x 3.7 x 4.7 in

Earth
2011
Cast bronze
195 x 35 x 35 cm / 76.7 x 13.7 x 13.7 in

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Stalactite

2010

DVD projection

5 minutes 22 seconds

Dorothy Cross 
Family 2005
cast bronze
edition of 4
dimensions variable

Eyemaker

2000

DVD PAL 

22 mins

 

Ghost Ship

1999

DVD PAL

12 min. 17 sec. loop 

Teacup

1997

DVD PAL

3 min loop

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Dorothy Cross 
Lover Snakes 1995
stuffed snakes and cast silver reliquaries containing snake hearts
37 x 14 cm / 14.6 x 5.5 in   

Bible

1995

wooden lap desk, bible

56 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm / 22 x 17 x 14 in

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Whale Flower I 

2010

Bronze

123.5 x 52 x 36.5 cm / 48.6 x 20.5 x 14.4 in 

Saddle Rack

2010

found metal saddle rack & cast bronze bird

28 x 20 x 55 cm / 11 x 7.9 x 21.7 in 

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Relic

2009

Shark (Porbeagle) 21 carat gold leaf

60 x 70 x 182 cm / 23.6 x 27.6 x 71.7 in 

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Little Boy Foot and Fin

2008

cast bronze and found rubber fin

5 x 41 x 24 cm / 2 x 16.1 x 9.4 in 

 

Poll Na Bpeist (Worm Hole)

2008

giclee print on Hannemuehle paper

79 x 104 cm / 31.1 x 40.9 in  

forge

2007

cast bronze skull and iron anvil

46 x 65 x 28 cm / 18.1 x 25.6 x 11 in 7.9

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Dorothy Cross 
Limpet / Lips 2005
limpet shell and cast silver
shell from Tierra del Fuego
8 x 5 x 3 cm / 3.1 x 2 x 1.2 in 

Jellyfish Lake

2002

DVD PAL

6 minutes

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Medusae 2003
DVD PAL
60 minute loop

Dorothy Cross KALEIDOSCOPE: Mystics and Rationalists (Group exhibition) 11 June — 19 August 2016 Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

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Dorothy Cross Riddle of the Burial Grounds (Group exhibition) 26 March — 17 July 2016 Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp

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Dorothy Cross
Riddle of the Burial Ground (Group exhibition)
11 June – 1 August 2015
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland

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Dorothy Cross
Eye of Shark 
6 September - 19 October
Lismore Castle Arts 

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Dorothy Cross
View
5th September - 18th October 2014
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

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Dorothy Cross
Connemara
2013
Turner Contemporary, Kent 

Dorothy Cross
Gravity
15 July – 29 October 2011
Crawford Art Gallery

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Dorothy Cross
COMMA 16
15 December 2009 – 16 January 2010
Bloomberg SPACE, London

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Dorothy Cross
POOL
2010
Dorothy Cross & William McKeown
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

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Dorothy Cross
Sapiens
23 March - 28 April 2007
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

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  • Working from a remote studio on the west coast of Ireland, Cross often uses the remains of dead animals or other found natural materials in her sculptures. In this film she talks about transforming shark skins by coating them in gold and casting them in bronze, and how the coastal landscape around her inspires and feeds her art.

  • TEDxDublin was hosted by Science Gallery at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on September 8th, 2012.

    http://www.TEDxDublin.com

  • Dorothy Cross: Connemara, an exhibition at Turner Contemporary from Turner Contemporary on Vimeo.

    From 5 October 2013 - 5 January 2014 Turner Contemporary presents Dorothy Cross: Connemara. Here the artist talks about her work, the exhibition, her home Connemara, on the wild west coast of Ireland, and the connection with Margate's coastal location.

  • Dorothy Cross explains how she made ‘Virgin Shroud’, by stitching together a cow-hide, complete with udders, and her grandmother’s old wedding dress. The extraordinary sculpture that resulted is a favourite in Tate’s Collection.

b. 1956, Cork, Ireland.
 
Working in sculpture, film and photography, Dorothy Cross examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world. A sense of place pervades her practice. Living in Connemara, a rural area on Ireland’s wild west coast, the artist sees the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old. This flux emerges as strange and unexpected encounters. Many of Cross’ works incorporate items found on the shore, including boats and animal skins, while others reflect on the environment. During the 90s, the artist produced a series of works using cow udders, which drew on the animals' rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity. She has worked on several large-scale public projects, most memorably the award-winning Ghost Ship (1998). In recent years, her practice has focused on nature and the ocean, working with maligned animals such as jellyfish and shark, and exploring rarely accessible areas like sea caves or shell grottos.
 
Forthcoming solo exhibitions include New Art Centre, Salisbury (2 December 2017 – 28 January 2018). Current group exhibitions include Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Akron Museum of Art, Ohio (7 October 2017 – 21 January 2018); Coast-Lines, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (13 October 2017 – 30 September 2018); JMW Turner and contemporary art practice, New Art Gallery, Walsall (21 September 2017 – 14 January 2018).
 
Solo exhibitions include Connemara, Turner Contemporary, UK (2013), touring to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2014); Eye of Shark, Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford (2014); Bloomberg Space, London (2009); Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art (2005); Douglas Hyde Gallery (2002, 1993 & 1988); Camden Arts Centre (1993); ICA Philadelphia (1991). The artist has also participated in Venice Biennale (1993), Istanbul Biennial (1997) and Liverpool Biennial (1998). She took part in the ground-breaking 1994 exhibition Bad Girls at the ICA London and CCA, Glasgow. Her opera works include Chiasm (1999); Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (2004); and Riders to the Sea (2008). Cross is included in the collections of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Norton Collection, Santa Monica; Art Pace Foundation, Texas; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Goldman Sachs Collection, London; The Arnolfini Trust, Bristol; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; and Tate Modern, London, among others.
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Dorothy Cross in Coast-Lines

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

13 October 2017 – 30 September 2018

Works by Dorothy Cross, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Clare Langan, Richard Long, Anne Madden, Anita Groener, Michael Mulcahy, Donald Teskey, Tony O’Malley, Alexandra Wejchert, Bridget Riley and others.

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Dorothy Cross in Alchemy: Transformations in Gold

Akron Art Museum, Ohio

7 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

Group exhibition with James Lee Byars, Los Carpinteros, Catherine Chalmers, Dorothy Cross, Olga de Amaral, Lalla Essaydi, Don and Era Farnsworth, Luis Gispert, Laurent Grasso, Charles Lindsay, Teresa Margolles, Rachel Sussman, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Danh Vo,  Hank Willis Thomas and Zarina.

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Legacies: JMW Turner and contemporary art practice

The New Art Gallery, Walsall

22 September 2017 – 14 January 2018

Exhibition with JMW Turner, Christopher Le Brun, Cornelia Parker, Gerry Fox, Idris Khan, Susan Hiller, Bob and Roberta Smith, John Smith, Elizabeth Magill, Dorothy Cross, Jonathan Wright.

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Dorothy Cross in GRAEVE Collection

Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

28 April – 18 June 2017

Artists: Barrie Cooke, Dorothy Cross, Rita Duffy, Michael Farrell, Marie Foley, Claire Langan, Alice Maher, Alfonso Monreal, Jack Pakenham, Tony O’Malley, Patrick Scott, Martin Wedge. 

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Dorothy Cross in Alchemy: Transformations in Gold

Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

11 February – 5 May 2017

Artists: James Lee Byars, Los Carpinteros, Dorothy Cross, Olga de Amaral, Lalla Essaydi, Don and Era Farnsworth, Luis Gispert, Laurent Grasso, Charles Lindsay, Teresa Margolles, Rachel Sussman, Hank Willis Thomas, Danh Vo, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Zarina

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Periodical Review 20/16

Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin

Selected by Brian Duggan, Sarah Glennie, Jenny Haughton & Declan Long. Artists include Aquinas, Callan Workhouse, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Fergus Feehily, FOUR, Anthony Haughey, Des Kenny, Patrick Jolley & Reynold Reynolds, Aileen Lambert, Clare Langan, The Metropolitan Complex, Michael McLoughlin, Isabel Nolan, Seamus Nolan, Emer O'Boyle, Margaret O' Brien, Deirdre O'Mahony.

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A Weed Is a Plant out of Place

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland

3 April – 30 September 2016

Work by Dorothy Cross will be included in a group exhibition at Lismore Castle Arts, A Weed Is a Plant out of Place.

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Riddle of the Burial Ground

Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp

26 March – 17 July 2016

Work by Sam Keogh and Dorothy Cross will be included in Riddle of the Burial Ground, a group exhibition at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp. Sam Keogh will also perform at the opening reception for the event, from 7pm, Friday 25 March.


Dorothy Cross in What We Call Love

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

12 September 2015 – 7 February 2016

Group exhibition

Dorothy Cross will participate in What We Call Love - From Surrealism to Now at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from September 12.    
 

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Dorothy Cross, Riddle of the Burial Ground

Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland

11 June – 1 August 2015

Group exhibition

Dorothy Cross will participate in curated group exhibition Ridde of the Burial Ground, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 11 June – 1 August 2015. One of Project Arts Centre's most ambitious exhibitions to date, it will "puzzle over signs, forms and communication, motivated by one of the major problems facing our planet – the markings and warnings around nuclear burial sites." Curated by Tessa Giblin.

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The Untold Want

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

13 March – 26 April 2015

Group exhibition

Works by William McKeown and Dorothy Cross are included in 'The Untold Want', a major group exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. The exhibition will examine notions of immensity, nature, mortality and freedom.

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Dorothy Cross, in conversation with Declan Long

In association with MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

Wednesday 5 November, 2014, at 5pm

Kerlin Gallery

A public conversation will take place between artist Dorothy Cross and co-director of MA Art in the Contemporary World, Declan Long, at 5pm on Wednesday 5th November, at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. This event is part of an ongoing series of talks arranged in collaboration between Kerlin Gallery and MA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD. 

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'Meditation on Plates'

Dorothy Cross, David Godbold, Richard Gorman, Stephen McKenna & Kathy Prendergast

12 July - 31 October 2014

Casino Marino, Dublin

The Office of Public Works will present an exhibition 'Meditation on Plates: Inspired by Lord Charlemont's Casino' in one of Ireland's most highly regarded historic buildings, the Casino at Marino, Dublin.


A group of almost 40 esteemed Irish and international artists, designers and architects was invited to respond to the Casino building, some of its ornamental elements or surroundings in a personal drawing. The artists' drawings have been transferred onto porcelain plates and reproduced in a limited edition of 18 plates per artist. The resulting collection is rich in its variety of interpretations and the quality and  beauty of the work.

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'Re Framing the Domestic in Irish Art'

Kathy Prendergast, William McKeown, Isabel Nolan, Siobhan Hapaska, Dorothy Cross

29 April - 29 August 2014

Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda

‘Home is no longer a dwelling but the untold story of a life being lived.’[1]

 

A large-scale group exhibition featuring works by Kathy Prendergast, William McKeown, Isabel Nolan, Siobhan Hapaska, and Dorothy Cross.

 

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Dorothy Cross

Connemara

13 March - 27 April 2014

RHA Gallery, Dublin

Following its debut at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, the RHA is delighted to present Connemara an exhibition of new and existing work by Dorothy Cross.

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Dorothy Cross

Crystalline

01 December 2012 - 26 January 2013

Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown

To coincide with the exploration of sub-glacial Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica this winter, Millennium Court Arts Centre presents Crystalline, an exhibition exploring the twin themes of scientific endeavour and the landscape of Antarctica. 

 

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Dorothy Cross

Galapagos

02 November 2012 - 13 January 2013

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

The Fruitmarket Gallery is pleased to present the second leg of this exhibition, which brings together work by twelve artists who have travelled to and spent time in the Galápagos archipelago through a residency programme initiated in 2007. 

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Dorothy Cross

Time Will Tell

04 August 2012 - 01 January 2013

Croft Castle, Herefordshire, UK

Dorothy Cross is among the artists presenting work in the innovative contemporary art programme, 'Time Will Tell' at Croft Castle, Herefordshire, which is in collaboration with Meadow Arts.

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RTÉ Radio 1

Second Captains Sunday with Dorothy Cross

13 August 2017

This week Second Captains talk to internationally acclaimed artist and five time national swimming champion Dorothy Cross to the show to talk about her love of the ocean, the fusion of art and sport and why its so important to take risks. Plus there's Eoin's swim lesson shame, Ken's triumph of will and Trump's new low.

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Antennae

Dorothy Cross interviewed by Angela Singer

Issue 38, Winter 2016

Many of Dorothy Cross' sculptures explore the relationship between the animal and human animal in the natural environment. Challenging and beautiful, her work incorporates the found, the broken, the unloved, and the dead. She has a deeply intuitive understanding of the natural world and sees the body and nature as sites of constant change.

– Angela Singer

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AnOther Magazine

Force of Nature: The Curious Art of Dorothy Cross

13 November 2015

Perhaps Ireland’s best known contemporary artist, Dorothy Cross came to prominence internationally with her slightly disturbing Virgin Shroud, 1993, now held at Tate Modern. Like a lot of Cross’ work, it is a fusion between the surreal and the functional, in this case a cow’s udder stitched together with silk from her grandmother’s wedding dress and draped over a plaster cast, teats perched atop to form a headdress, a halo or a set of horns.

– Jeanette Farrell

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The Irish Times

Dorothy Cross builds new old art from our national treasure trove

6 January 2015

[Dorothy Cross's] attention to detail is impressive. Each room is conceived as a self-contained unit of connections and relationships. Often the links are primarily visual or literal, but then open up other layers of meaning. 

– Aidan Dunne

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The Gloss Magazine

Off The Record with Dorothy Cross

November 2014

 "A lot of my work is about beauty, even though people might be disturbed by a cow's skin or a shark's skin or a piece of skull. The overriding thing is beauty. Sometimes you have to tame the brutality by contrasting it with something beautiful, like silk – silk that had covered my grandmother's head when she was 23, getting married in London."

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The Irish Times

Dorothy Cross’s all-seeing shark’s eye

16 September 2014

The View referred to in the title of Dorothy Cross’s exhibition at the Kerlin has more than one meaning for her. It is, first and foremost, a view in the conventional, picturesque sense. On the southern, seaward edge of Killary Harbour, she lives and works slap-bang in the middle of a view. The assumption is that the prospect of ocean, shore, island and huge skies will manifest itself in her work as a representation. “But I feel that I struggle as an artist surrounded by such natural beauty because I could never compete with it.”

– Aidan Dunne

 

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The Observer

Stalactite - Review

3 April 2011

In a film, the great stalactite of Doolin cave in County Clare emerges out of darkness like some magnificent inverted spire, a monument not made by human hand.

– Laura Cumming

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Bloomberg SPACE, London

Pearl Bones essay

15 December 2009

In the strange inverted order of natural scale, both whale and oyster subsist on plankton.  The whale filters its minute food through plates of fibrous baleen; the oyster swallows shellfuls of seawater to filter out its food.  But the means of nutrition may also involve more mysterious processes.

– Philip Hoare

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Artforum

Dorothy Cross, Irish Museum of Modern Art

October 2005

[Dorothy Cross’s] works draw much of their darkly humorous power from their ambiguous echoes of human sexual organs. Like the stuffed-snake works, however, they also draw on a particular animal’s accumulated wealth of symbolic associations across many cultures.

– Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith

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