Percent for Art
the crow’s nest is a lookout point, which commands a view of those entering.
Previously covered in dark varnish, it carried an air of scrutiny with its institutional skin intact, and spoke of a very different era in The Dock, one of control.
This new interpretation of the crow’s nest, has removed layers of wood stain and varnish which asphyxiated the timber form, and opened it to a dry and tender accumulation of timber suspended over the main stairwell, a simple crow’s nest.
The anatomy and the surface of the timber is now sensed, coloured a light grey with purple undertones. This surface is now host to a series of singular dribbles, erratic lines that emerge from the timber like sap, adding a nervous tension to the surface and structure as a whole. This play of randomness, coloured in dark red and fluorescent yellow, fall over the ordered spindles of the stair, finding their own paths downwards, empowered with their own gravitational agency, a release of historical tension.
Shifting to a different visual weight, it’s drawn surface links the Administrative Offices to the aesthetic ambitions and functions of the rest of the building. The relationship of this transitional structure, the crow’s nest, with the rest of the building is now softened, becoming a benevolent dwelling, a place of departure and return.
Commissioned by Leitrim County Council under the Percent for Art Scheme, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Maud Cotter lives and works in Cork, Ireland. She is a graduate and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Crawford Municipal College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland. Cotter has lectured in Art and Architectural Colleges in Europe and America. She is co-founder of the National Sculpture Factory and a member of Aosdana. She is currently working on a one-person exhibition for Limerick City Gallery, in 2018. Maud Cotter’s recent exhibitions include: Matter of Fact, solo show at domobaal Gallery, London, 2016. 2116: Forecast of the next century, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, 2016 touring to Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, MI, USA. Compression, Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, curated by Ed Krčma, 2015. Fourth Space, Inaugural Exhibition, Uilinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, 2015. From Point A to PointB and Back again…, Point B, Williamsburg, New York, 2015. The Air they Capture is Different, The MAC, Belfast. 2013 and a solution is in the room, a solo exhibition at CIT Wandesford Quay, Cork, 2013.She was also Initiator/Curator for The Land of Zero, thelandofzero.com. Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 2014
Images: a crows nest , 2019, Maud Cotter at The Dock . Photographer Paul McCarthy