Sarah Iremonger

Murals 2000-02
Same Difference
Installed at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork in 2002 for the Crawford Open 2. The work was after 'La Clef Des Songs' 1935 by Rene Magritte.
The title 'Same Difference' referrs to the theme of the Open that year 'Difference'. I painted two altered out line drawings of 'La Clef Des Songs' in two different colours, red and blue, next to each other as one piece. I changed the words around. 'La Clef Des Songs' 1935 by Rene Magritte is already a play on the idea of the word verses the object in relation to representation in painting.  I have appropriated this idea and used it to make a new piece related to the idea of difference, while at the same time critiquing the historical hold painting has had and still has over representation.
Eden & Armageddon
Installed at the Parochial Hall, Old St. Mary's Church, Clonmel in association with the South Tipperary Arts Centre in 2001 as part of 'Projections' exhibition. The work was after 'The Garden of Eden' C.1620 by Jan Brueghel and 'The Great Day of His Wrath' C.1853 by John Martin.
I chose these images because of their reference to religion, the birth and death of humankind, as the installation was exhibited in a church hall. I also chose the colour, red, to match the surrounding paint work of the hall itself. The work consists of four panels which face each other across the hall. The images directly opposite each other are mirror images of the same picture. The viewer is positioned inside the images with no reference as to which image is the correct orientation.
Installed and de-installed over a period of one day at the Project Room, Backwater Artists Studios for Art Trail 2001. The work was after 'Homage to Delacroix' 1865 by Henri Fantin-Latour.
The installation and de-installation of this work was as important as the finished work and occured over the course of one day. It was open to the public during the whole of the process. 'Homage to Delacroix' is a painting of artists and art critics paying homage to a painting of another artist. I chose this image because of the site I was installing the piece, one of Cork's artists studio spaces. Playing with associations of the representation of artists and studios, bridging the past with the present which, then disappeared as soon as it was created, and at the same time commenting on the hold painting has over representational issues.
Hotel Room
Installed at the former Guys Building (now TK Maxx) on Cornmarket Street for the Cork Midsummer Festival 2000. The work was after 'Interior with Water Lilies’ 1991 by Roy Lichtenstein.
This was a site-specific work, the building was due for demolition and was to be replaced by a hotel (this didn't happen due to the ression). I wanted to suggest the possibility of a link between the past and the future through the mural. I first painted the wall white to suggest a clean 'art space' and then painted the mural in the original colour of the wall, creating a ghost like image.
Installed in the stairwell of the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork  as part of 'Outlines' drawing event for Art Trail 2001. The work was after 'Portraits of Barry and Burke in the characters of Ulysses and his companion fleeing from the cave of Polyphemus' 1776 by James Barry, which is part of the permanent collection of the Crawford Art Gallery.
In this work I took an image of a painting from the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery and reproduced it as three wall drawings in the stairwell (one was a mirror image). I wanted to reuse the image as a sign for 'Shhhh' or 'be quiet', which is impossible in that space as the stairs were bare boards.