Untitled from Tomorrow is Sunday, 2014 – 2020, Archival Pigment on Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Baryta, 40.8cm x 27.1cm
The United Nations has designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV), to raise awareness of the important of fruit and vegetables for everyone. To mark IYFV 2021, we have brought together a selection of artworks from the Arts
Council Collection that feature fruit and/or vegetables. Artworks in this showcase span the history of the collection, with earliest being dated 1964 and the most recent being dated 2018.
Here, Miriam O’ Connor, whose work is featured online showcase, tells us more about the featured artwork ‘Untitled from Tomorrow is Sunday, and what it means to have her artwork as part of the Arts Council collection. Explore this and more
from the Arts Council collection at instagram.com/artscouncilireland/
This photograph is derived from a body of work entitled Tomorrow is Sunday which engages with my return to the family farm following the death of my brother in 2013. Developed throughout this intervening period, the work reflects on the day-to-day
demands of farming life and contemplates photography's role in communicating the magnitude of this life-changing event. This image was taken in the summer of 2018 and shows the entrance to a burrow in a field nearby the farmhouse. The image acted
in a metaphoric sense in the series in that, while burrows can be considered a place of warmth and refuge for some, they also call attention to darker unknowns that lie beneath the soils surface.
The acquisition of works from Tomorrow is Sunday by the Arts Council has been such a positive and uplifting experience for my art practice. Being part of the collection ensures that work has the capacity to stretch its limbs outwards and be accessible
to audiences in diverse contexts and locations, now and into the future ahead. That truly is a magical prospect.
—Miriam O’ Connor
Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying art from working artists. The Collection that evolved tells the story of modern and contemporary Irish visual art in a unique and fascinating way. Today the Collection continues to grow and is comprised of
more than 1,200 artworks including sculpture, painting, performance, print, video, installation, and photography and other works, many of which are on display in public spaces all over Ireland for people to experience and enjoy first hand.
You can find out more at: www.artscouncil.emuseum.com.