Image and Witness in Maggie O'Sullivan's A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts and POINT.BLANK.RANGE

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Abstract

This essay takes as its focus the visual elements in Maggie O'Sullivan's A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts (1985) and POINT.BLANK.RANGE (1984). Considering the question of how these visual elements fit in with her wider practice, it explores the images used by O'Sullivan; looking at those included in A Natural History for their interaction with language and those included in the purely visual POINT.BLANK.RANGE for the way in which meaning is built through poetic technique. Arguing for the political potency of these works, this essay proposes that O'Sullivan acts as a kind of witness, filtering societal violence through her fractured imagery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-182
Number of pages12
JournalIrish University Review
Volume46
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

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