The Space Between Lace exhibition
St. Fursa’s Hall, Headford, Co. Galway
An international exhibition of lace, comprising artwork selected from 34 artists, from 11 countries across 4 different continents, including Ger Hasset, whose A Black Mark (above) commemorates the 796 children who died at Tuam Mother and baby Home.
‘796 black marks in a watery grave. A strip of white bobbin lace commemorates mothers, all interconnected by their experience of the home. Marked for life as ‘fallen women’ yet where are the fallen men?
A strip of pink/blue bobbin lace remembers the babies denied their true identities robbed of their childhoods and their mother’s love. The white lace envelopes them now as they never knew a mother’s embrace. The pink lace represents turmoil.
The crossing and twisting of threads illustrates the controlling conditions under which the mothers were detained and restrained. The purple vein signifies the authority of the Church.
Did they ever recover a thread of self? All are united on this canvas.’