'Moylley Yn Burroo' - Immortalising the Isle of Man 'Drinking Dragon' - ink, paper and and the geology of drawing. A solo exhibition in the Market Hall, Douglas

Keith McIntyre

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract

The Burroo (Norse for 'Fortress') is a geological stack that sits in the Irish Sea near the southern tip of the Isle of Man. Like many coastal features around the British Isles it has gained a significant cultural identity, especially given its remarkable similarity to a Drinking Dragon. 'Moladh' in Scots Gaelic or 'Moylley' in Manx translates as 'In praise of..." and is commonly used to prefix the eulogy of a place or person. The 'Moylee Yn Burroo' project and solo exhibition by McIntyre in the Market Hall, Douglas, examines the continued value of sketching practices in the landscape through an install of mural sized ink on paper drawings situated on epic scale easels. The magnitude and vulnerability of the geological strata is echoed in the fragility of torn surfaces while damaged crumpled paper gains new material form, gravity and function. The exhibition and associated conference invites new contributions to the immortalisation process and asks how best we prepare for the inevitable loss of the Drinking Dragon when the rock eventually collapses into the sea.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Mar 2015
EventMoyllee Yn Burroo - Market Hall, Douglas, Isle of Man
Duration: 25 Mar 2015 → …

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