Body Conscious

June - August 2012



Petticoat by Dorothy Ann Daly


Body Conscious
is an inspiring exhibition by artist Dorothy Ann Daly. Dorothy Ann is a Kilkenny born artist who now lives in Berlin. She studied fine art painting in NCAD and textiles in Glasgow School of Art. Since graduating in 1991, she has been making work and exhibiting in Ireland and abroad. She has been a member of the 62 Group of Textile artists since 1993.

Dorothy Ann suffers from multiple sclerosis and has been confined to a wheelchair for the last four years. She has continued making art despite living with a physically debilitating illness. However her work changed when she was diagnosed in 1999.

According to the artist, 'Much of my past work referred to self image. However I am no longer concerned about my size and body shape in terms of fashion. It is now more important to me to maintain what muscles I have and to strengthen my body.’

Replacing pencils with cotton and stitches, the artist has made a series of pieces for exhibition in Waterford Regional Hospital which explore the limitations of her body. In the words of Arts Director, Mary Grehan, ‘The lightness and elegance of this work belies the long and slow journey taken to make it. This exhibition is a celebration of the creative spirit overriding physical limitations which artists over the generations have demonstrated.’

Body Conscious is the first in a series of exhibitions curated by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust for Waterford Regional Hospital which explores artists’ interpretations and responses to the body. It was opened in June 2012 by the artist Mary Ruth Walsh. Click here to read Mary Ruth's text presented at the launch.

The launch was preceded by a public talk by the artist on the same day. Click here to listen to Mary Grehan interviewing Dorothy about her work and her experience of making art since her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in the late 90s’.

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.

For further information contact WHAT at 051 842664 or e-mail

A pdf of the exhibition catalogue is available to view here.



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