Aiteann na mBan
Heather Rose Murphy
Through the use of traditional craft and a performative photo series, Heather Rose Murphy reimagines the narrative of the “Wren” women who lived among the furze bushes of the Curragh plains. Drawing on their communalistic way of life, the piece explores the social spaces of women in Irish history.
By deconstructing James Greenwood’s 1867 text on the “Wrens”, Murphy recontextualises their legacy and agency as an interdependent community of women.
The title ‘Aiteann na mBan’ is a wordplay on the Irish translation of both “furze” and “places” of women, reclaiming the bushes as a space of female connection.