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…one touch of nature makes the whole world kin…

The line “one touch of nature makes the whole world kin” is taken from Ulysses’ famous speech in William Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida. It is often used to refer to fellow feeling and comradeship in the face of calamitous events.

Continuing with Kiely’s recurring theme of mapping the changing landscape and the passage of time the exhibition includes paintings depicting flooding on the river Nore and on the Suir and paintings referencing wildfires, a theme she first explored in the late ‘90’s. The exhibition also includes a series of small paintings made in response to her nightly walks around the deserted streets of Thomastown during the Coronavirus lockdown. Here the presence of absence is palpable.


May 28 – June 20, 2020