Rita Donagh
Long Meadow 1982

Artwork details

Rita Donagh born 1939
Long Meadow
Date 1982
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1524 x 1524 mm
frame: 1546 x 1544 x 32 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1990

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The ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s provide the context for Donagh’s Long Meadow. Long Kesh or ‘Long Meadow’ is the original name of the site in County Antrim that was converted into the Maze Prison, where many IRA prisoners were held. Eight of its buildings were given
the nickname of H-blocks because, when seen from above, they resembled the letter H. Donagh has created a plan of the prison’s H blocks, and projected the plan in perspective onto a square canvas that echoes the square plan of a single cell block.

November 2006

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