Sea Change

Artist Name(s) Patricia McKenna
Artwork title Sea Change
Context/Background Seachange was a project by artist Patricia McKenna, commissioned by DĂșn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for their Place and Identity Per Cent for Art programme in 2008. For this programme arts practitioners were asked to engage with and seek inspiration from the county - its people, place and identity - in ways that would be meaningful to the artists and the citizens.

For this work, McKenna created brightly coloured gelatine pieces, loosely based on fish and other forms, that were placed on Sandycove Beach at low tide on 3 September 2008. Over the course of the day, they gradually dissolved and drifted out to sea, leaving no trace of the work. McKenna is concerned with the idea of time and how we cannot hold it, or stop things from changing or moving on. The artist created a video from the intervention, which was screened in Institute for Art Design and Technology in November 2008. Click here for more information


Southside People Newspaper, 10 September 2008

Gazette Newspaper, 16 November 2008

Lyric Notes, Lyric FM, 6/7 November, 2008

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Patricia Mc Kenna is an irish artist working in multi-media and installation. Her work includes the installations The Grey House and Soil which were part of the series Marking the Land. Her work is generally process and timebased, it often takes place in site specific non art spaces and endeavours to involve the public in the creation of the work.

McKenna has exhibited widely in Ireland, USA, England and Europe. She has been awarded a number of Arts Council Awards and Travel Grants and has been a Rockefeller scholar in Bellagio, Italy. Her work has been documented in several publications, including Sculpture magazine (USA). She has also been a nominee for the IMMA/Glen Dimplex award.

Commissioner Name Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Project commission dates April 30, 2008 - November 1, 2008
Public Presentation dates December 7, 2008 - January 1, 1970
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Other
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 0 - 10000 euro
Project commission start date 30/04/2008
Project commission end date 01/11/2008
Location Sandycove Beach
County Dublin
Town Sandycove Beach
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Content contributor(s) Ciara King
Relationship to project Public Art Programme Administrator 



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