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Professor Merijean Morrissey has recently returned from Dublin, Ireland where she continued work at Graphic Studio Dublin on AN SEOLTOIR EIREANNACH/THE IRISH NAVIGATOR, a suite of etchings. These artworks employ the centuries old method of intaglio printing in combination with contemporary digital printing. The works are fictional narratives that use representations of ancient star maps with their astrological signs and contemporary maps made by NASA with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The prints use these mapping devices to metaphorically address issues of emigration/migration in the past, as well as the present. The sea and the cosmos, with its various constellations, elide to form a multi-layered reading of history and memory.
These works were recently purchased by the Department of Public Works, Republic of Ireland.