About Maria McKinney’s commission
" For The Dock Commission, I will collaborate with a writer to expand on my current research into the Irish Moiled, one of Irelands four remaining native cattle breeds. Also affectionately referred to as the Moilie of Maol, these cattle developed in the Drumlin Belt that sweeps across South Ulster and North Connaught. Working with farmers who have elected to keep the Moal in this specific terrain, I am developing a creative response that considers the relationship between the shaping of these bovine bodies and the topography of the land that they and their predecessors grazed upon. Further questions arise in relation to the expanse between human and geologic time, as well as genetic selection based upon Viking folklore. Longer term outcomes will be sculptural and video work."