Think Big, by Caroline McCarthy, 1990s
Ten of Ireland’s most accomplished artists have each produced a piece that reflects on some aspect of life in Dublin during the 20th Century
The final decade, the 1990s, was the beginning of the Celtic Tiger, and a decade also fuelled by the feel-good factors of Italia 90, the Presidency of Mary Robinson and the ceasefire in the North. An exciting contemporary artist working in a wide range of media, Caroline McCarthy’s practice often incorporates found and banal objects given an ironic, witty or hilarious twist with a quick change of context.
Caroline McCarthy is riffing on the bling, consumerism and disposability of the 90s by incorporating a packet of Monster Munch into her piece, which is called Think Big. Designed specifically as a museum exhibit, but sending up the very nature of significance and historical value, Think Big is an inventive commentary on that overblown decade.
With thanks to Caroline McCarthy
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