After your workhouse tour, you are invited to visit Kieran Tuohy’s Dark Shadows exhibition located in the Girls’ Schoolroom. Each piece, carved in the medium of bog oak immortalizes the stories of our famine ancestors. From ‘The Line for Soup’ to the ‘Gates of the Poorhouse’, the story of the workhouse and the history of the famine emanates from each face, hand, and bone.
The Line for Soup
Abandoning the normal bogwood sculpturing techniques of bringing out the natural forms in the wood into apparent objects, Kieran unearths his own images from the wood. He is unique in that he creates his own shapes and uses many subtly different textures to achieve the finish he wants, using the natural flaws in the wood to great effect.
You can learn more about Kieran and his work at: www.kierantuohy.com/