Irish artist’s first U.S. exhibit opens at MOCA


The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville has announced its newest Project Atrium installation, “Maud Cotter: what was never ours to keep.” The exhibition is on view through Nov. 13.

An acclaimed artist, both in her homeland, Ireland, and internationally, Cotter is best known for her sculptural installations. She uses manmade materials such as cardboard, industrial rubber and clear plastic, as well as natural materials like wood to create dynamic sculptures. The artist’s unique aesthetic language manifests an understanding of space that allows her to build highly original and thoughtful relationships between her sculptures, the spaces they occupy and the viewer.

In her new commissioned work of art for MOCA’s Project Atrium Series, “what was never ours to keep,” Cotter has responded to the space with an installation that continues her probe into our relationship with matter and the forces that govern this relationship.

Cotter lives and works in Cork, Ireland, and was a co-founder of the Irish National Sculpture Factory in 1989 and has been a member of the venerated Irish Association of Artists Aosdána since 2000. She lectures extensively in Architectural and Art Colleges throughout Europe and America.

Recent solo exhibitions of her work include “a consequence of – a dappled world,” curated by Miranda Driscoll for the Irish Arts Center’s inaugural season in New York, 2022; previously exhibited in 2021 at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland; and “a consequence of – without stilling” at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland, in 2018. In 2016, she presented “2116: Forecast of the next century” at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, which toured to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

“Maud Cotter: what was never ours to keep” was co-curated by MOCA Jacksonville’s Executive Director Caitlín Doherty and Senior Curator Ylva Rouse with support from the Irish Art Center, New York.

This exhibition was sponsored through a grant from Culture Ireland. Additional support was provided by the Irish Arts Center.

The Project Atrium series is sponsored by Joan and Preston Haskell, with additional support by Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow, PLLC. Annual support is also provided by the city of Jacksonville, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of North Florida.


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