The Molesworth Gallery

Clodagh Murphy


Pop 1 ~ Slip-cast ceramic, 34cm in diameter




Hard Candy ~ ceramic ~ each 26cm h x 32 cm dia



Nil by mouth ~ ceramic ~ 29.5 cm dia x 5.5 cm deep



Dispensation 1 ~ slip-cast earthenware ~ 28.5 x 28.5 x 4 cm


Nil by Mouth


September 26th - October 14th 2013


___In this, her second solo exhibition at The Molesworth Gallery, Clodagh Murphy tackles the ideas of art, consumerism and the iconography of ‘the magic pill’ that can cure all of the maladies of modern living. As her starting point, she takes the medical instruction ‘nil by mouth’ (meaning to withhold fluids or food from a patient) and shifts it to the realm of pharmacological consumerism, both medical and recreational. The work questions the credo of a pill for every ailment or mood-swing, when the underlying cause - the dislocation, the ennui, the dissatisfaction of modern living - is rarely addressed.

___She weaves in ideas about the place of art in this pharmacological dystopia by co-opting Max Beckmann’s description of art as a way of dealing with the ‘void’. In doing so, she shows us how utterly naive Beckmann’s insight is when applied to the post-modern age. Pills, not art, are the remedy of choice.

___Clodagh graduated in 2008 from the National College of Art and Design. Her candy ceramics have appeared in several group exhibitions, among them NEXT / Art Chicago, 2010, with The Molesworth Gallery. In the same year she won the Sculpture in Context award at the Botanic Gardens for one of her large abacus-inspired pieces.


Curriculum Vitae

Born, 1972

2008-2005: National College of Art and Design, BDES (Hons) in Craft Design.


Candy-covered dreams, solo show. The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, October 2011.

Dec 2010: Winter Group Show. The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Dec 2008: Winter Group Show. The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin , Ireland.
May 2009: The 179th RHA Annual Exhibition, invitational. Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin,Ireland.
Aug 2009: Faces, an exhibition of portraits, OPW, collaborative touring exhibition.

April 2010: Next, Exhibition of Emerging Art, Chicago, U.S.A.
Sep 2010: 25th Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland


European Ceramic Context 2008, Bornholm, Denmark. Irish delegate.


2010: Sculpture in Context award for a large work of distinction


Office of Public Works
National and International private collections.


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