Welcome to The Anthropocene (2017)
Skehan produced the series of works in ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ during her yearlong residency at Block T studios, Dublin. Through painting, sculpture and digital media practice, she imagines a dystopian future where our natural materials and finite resources have become completely exhausted. In this complicated future, the only possible way to experience these materials is through works of art. Works that are either made with the material, crudely represent the material or that reference through the absence of the material attempt to realize this concept. Using this methodology, Skehan references the hypocritical behaviour of humans and our deteriorating relationship with the earth. Inspired by a number of locations including the large chevron folds and abandoned copper mines at Loughshinny, The Dead Zoo in Dublin and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Skehan grapples with the socio-economic dependency on the commoditization of the Earth’s minerals and our distancing relationship to the natural world, relating this to the commoditization of artwork and critique of the art market. ‘Welcome to The Anthropocene’ is kindly supported by Fingal County Council and Block T.