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Brigitta Varadi
Brooklyn, New York, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: As an artist who works predominantly with the biodegradable and renewable medium of pure wool, Varadi communicates in a very direct manner her commitment to sustainability and environmental concerns engaging in projects relating to fracking (‘Talk about Fracking’ was part of the TRADE residency program run jointly by Leitrim and Roscommon County Council in 2011 to voice the current concern of the local people and to raise the issue of hydraulic fracturing) and more recently in the decline of sheep farming in the North West of Ireland. Working with different type of natural fibers and using techniques such as dyeing, felting and sculptural manipulation Varadi searches for pattern and repetition of gesture that relate to the invisible and everyday rituals of working life and the constructed environment. Brigitta's latest project MARKINGS gathers together and explores the different marks used by farmers to identify their sheep in the North West region. Creating a dialogue with farmers and place the project opens on to a broader reflection concerning the signs and forms of identification humans use to identify animals, plants and territories.
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'Mapping up' EXCERPTS FROM DISCUSSIONS WITH BENEDICT GALLAGHER SHEEP FARMER, CO.SLIGO Sheep Breed, Markings, Horn Branding, Sheep Shearing, Pens, Dosing, Lambing Season, Marking and tagging of the ears, Hefting, Illnesses and Cures, Skills, Past and Future. Video work (duration 9.8 min.) part of the Markings Exhibition where the two channels were individually projected on the wall. The MARKINGS exhibition gathers together and explores the different marks used by farmers to identify their sheep in the North West region. Works made with local wool are accompanied by a short video that explains the different markings, their meanings and symbolic use. Creating a dialogue with farmers and place the project opens on to a broader reflection concerning the signs and forms of identification humans use to identify animals, plants and territories. THE PROJECT WAS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE LEITRIM SCULPTURE CENTRE RESIDENCY PROGRAMME. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Leitrim County Council.


The work explores how customary, mechanically performed daily activities embedded itself in our memory and how these movements leave traces and patterns behind them. Looking at the work that women do from day to day and considered menial, and gives it beauty. Examining the act of dipping the mop into the waves, moving slowly through the movements creating a stillness/mindfulness in the middle of the storm.TRACE merely seeks to preserve a momentary action in time and in space.


 








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