Semper Augustus'This is a story about a flower that has made man mad. Greed, desire, anguish, devotion have all played their part No other flower has ever carried so much cultural baggage; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution.' Anna Pavord, The Tulip. 'Semper Augustus was a Rosen tulip, but to call it simply a red and white flower would be like describing rubies and emeralds as red and green stones.' Mike Dash, Tulipomania: The Story Of The World's Most Coveted Flower And The Extra ordinary Passions It Aroused. That the most fundamental behaviour for the cultivation of society, sexuality, is also the most socially and culturally regulated is notable. As a visual artist my practice explores the historical avoidance of issues deemed to be socially unacceptable or culturally destructive. In particular, I am interested in challenging traditional depictions of sexuality as an area of human experience to be both worshiped and feared by choosing to explore instead the hysteria, the awkwardness and the banal. Semper Augustus is an inquiry into one woman's understanding of her body and its cultural and historical significance.
Anna Brogan Tasmin Bryden Bronagh Byrne Shannen Daly Nicola Davidson Kate Donaldson Holly Foskett Matt Glover Mary Hamill Stephanie Jemphrey Lisa Lynch Michael Brad McClenaghan James McCourt Gillian McElroy Karen McKnight Ashleigh Scarlett Mcclurg Maria Przybylska Nathanael Smyth Suzi Taylor Emma Traynor Malachy Wynn