Miriam de Búrca

Rust, Mold and Parasites

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Year 2024
Medium Ink on acid free paper
Dimensions 20.9 x 29.6 cm

About the work

This is a drawing of Trump’s militia men from the January 6th attempted coup at Capitol Hill, Washington. The ornate gates they stand protecting, lead back to the ‘glory days’ they want to drag us all back to. The title “Rust, Mold and Parasites”, references an article covering a health and safety inspection of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort. The health inspector found there to be 78 cases of rust, mold and parasites present throughout the kitchen and dining areas. I find this to be an apt metaphor for the sociopathic ‘strongmen’ so destructive in the world today; their veneer of power, grandeur and respectability merely gilding a rotting system beneath.

Career Highlights

Exhibitions
Noblesse Oblige (solo), Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, 2024 (pending)
Beautiful Apocalypse (solo), Galway Arts Centre, Ireland, 2024 (pending)

Publications
Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawing, Phaidon (2021)
Irish Art 1920–2020: Perspectives on a Century of Change, eds. Yvonne Scott and Catherine Marshall (2022)
Landscape and Environment in Contemporary Irish Art, ed. Yvonne Scott (2023)
The Story of Drawing: An Alternative History of Art, ed. Susan Owens, Yale University Press (2024) (pending)

Collections
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Arts Council Ireland
British Museum
Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry
National University of Ireland Galway
Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork

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