Second Generation

Artist Name(s) Kathleen Moroney
Artwork title Second Generation
Context/Background Second Generation was a project by resident artist Kathleen Moroney, commissioned in 2007 by the Clare Arts Office as part of the Per Cent for Art Scheme. The project explored to the transition of stable buildings in Tulla into artist studios. The artist had been looking at a number of public buildings in Tulla which over the previous years had been successfully adapted to function with new uses. The artist's work was concerned with the continual transformation of the built environment. 

Kathleen Moroney used old cobblestones from the site in recognition of its former function as horse stables. Over a number of weeks she re-created them in porcelain clay and fired them in the kiln to create a bone-like white ceramic cobblestone that resembled the original, the 'second generation of the stone.' She was particularly interested in the cobblestones as they were part of the original structure dating from 1817, where traces of the past would be ingrained in the stone. She made plaster moulds of a number of the stones and re-created them in clay in her studio.

The artist opened her studio in the Tulla Stables Studios to the public on selected Saturdays during January and February 2008. The project culminated with an exhibition of the porcelain cobblestones in the Stables Studio Gallery, and an open studio event at the stables on the last weekend in March 2008. Visitors to the exhibit at the stables were offered a gift of the porcelain cobblestones, a symbol of the past and the present.


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Kathleen Moroney was born in New York and educated in the US and Ireland, completing an MA in ceramics at Limerick IT, in 1998. After graduating she returned to live in the US for eight years, where she has taken part in numerous art residencies, exhibitions and public art projects. Over the last two years she has focused on site specific installations that reflect on the history and architecture of a space and the gradual passage of time. Her work has recently been purchased by the National Museum in Dublin for their permanent collection. Kathleen has been living in Co. Clare since 2006, and lectures at Dun Laoghaire College of Art.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Clare County Council
Project commission dates September 17, 2007 - March 31, 2008
Public Presentation dates March 28, 2008 - January 1, 1970
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Clare County Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 0 - 10000 euro
Project commission start date 17/09/2007
Project commission end date 31/03/2008
Location Tulla Stables Studios
County Clare
Town Tulla
Street Address Church Street
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Content contributor(s) Siobhán Mulcahy
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