Plate 3: Portrait of Deco the Tall, Chieftain of the Mud Island tribe and Lord of the Summer Hill...

Plate 3: Portrait of Deco the Tall, Chieftain of the Mud Island tribe and Lord of the Summer Hill, seated in the ancient Throne of Cavendish, alongside Looeez, the High-Priestess of Taeg, in front of the Temple of Taeg, Goddess of Healing; from Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians by Lady Florence Kingsley-Bird, 12th Baroness Pfeiffer.

Pen and marker on card

A4

This picture was made for an exhibition called "5 Cavendish Row" at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The show was about the building were the gallery was (at the time) located and the surrounding area. Cavendish Row is a street in Dublin which sits at the top of the city's main street, O' Connell Street, and is opposite the Gate Theatre and the Rotunda Hospital (incidentally the first purpose built maternity hospital in Britian and Ireland, and, according to Wikipedia anyway, the "oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the world"). Just outside the part of the building that gives the Rotunda Hospital its name is a decorative water trough, which is what you can see Deco the Tall sitting in in the picture. The weird looking cow skull on the piece of rubble is actually one of the decorations on the Rotunda, part of which can be seen in the background of the picture. Unfortunately, the colourful pictures are not there in reality (some genius put up wooden panels and painted fake windows on them). The human skulls and the rubble are my additions to the scene as well. So are the big metal letters, which actually sit atop the Gate Theatre. The cigarette butts, unfortunately, are not entirely my invention. Indeed, the day I went down to take pictures of the area and of the water trough as references for this picture, the water sitting in the trough was luminous yellow...

 

Add new comment