Dorothy Cross

born 1956

Dorothy Cross, ‘Virgin Shroud’ 1993
Virgin Shroud 1993
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Artist biography

Dorothy Cross born 1956

Dorothy Cross was born in Cork, Ireland in 1956. She attended the Crawford Municipal School of Art in Cork before undertaking degree studies at Leicester Polytechnic, England, from 1974 to 1977. She also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, California, 1978-9 and 1980-2.

Cross has had a number of solo exhibitions including, in recent years, Dorothy Cross, Ebb, at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 1988, Parthenon at Camden Arts Centre, London 1992, and Even: Recent Work by Dorothy Cross at the Arnolfini, Bristol in 1996. Important recent group exhibitions include Bad Girls, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1993 and Fetishism: Visualising Power and Desire, first shown at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in 1995.

Cross uses a wide range of materials in her work, including found objects which have been in her family's possession for many years, constructed objects, photographs and animal skins. She has recently made several works using cow hides and, in particular, cows' udders. Central to her work as a whole are themes of sexual and cultural identity, personal history and memory.

The artist lives and works in Dublin.

Further reading:
Dorothy Cross, Ebb, exhibition catalogue, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 1988
Bad Girls, exhibition catalogue, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 1993. (essay by Cherry Smyth)
Even: Recent Work by Dorothy Cross, exhibition catalogue, Arnolfini, Bristol 1996 (essays by Tessa Jackson and Paul Bonaventura)

Ellen Dunn
March 1997

Wikipedia entry

Dorothy Cross (born 1956) is considered one of Ireland's leading international artists. Working with diverse media, including sculpture, photography, video and installation, she represented Ireland at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Central to her work as a whole are themes of sexual and cultural identity, personal history, memory, and the gaps between the conscious and subconscious.

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Dorothy Cross: Studio visit

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Dorothy Cross: Virgin Shroud

The artwork was made by stitching together a cow-hide, complete with udders, and her grandmother's old wedding dress


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