Orla Whelan

Visual Artist

Matter Mammal Oil Soar – Book

Matter Mammal Oil Soar, Orla Whelan, Whale Dust Books, 2021.
Matter Mammal Oil Soar, pages 16-17, Orla Whelan, Whale Dust Books, 2021.
Matter Mammal Oil Soar, pages 6-7, Orla Whelan, Whale Dust Books, 2021.
Matter Mammal Oil Soar, pages 22-23 Orla Whelan, Whale Dust Books, 2021.

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Matter Mammal Oil Soar was published by Whale Dust in 2021. The book is an experiment in art writing which explores the work of visual artist Orla Whelan. Playfully subverting the conventions of art criticism, this publication reimagines notions of authorship, advocacy and agency, giving critical voice to the artist while painting a fuller picture of what is at play within an art practice, an exhibition and a body of work.
With an essay by Noah Lawler and contributions from Dr. Rowena Hall and Lorna Whale, each text offers alternative insights into themes that inform Whelan’s work, while considering what can be said about painting, colour and the transcendent potential of art.
Matter Mammal Oil Soar was designed by Ruth Martin and offset printed in full colour by Print Media Services.
56 pages, 210 x 138mm, softback, thread sewn, edition of 300, priced €15.
ISBN : 978-1-9168841-0-6
Matter Mammal Oil Soar is currently available to purchase from Whale Dust at www.whaledust.com