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    This volatile and brilliant piece by acclaimed artist Maud Cotter is titled Without Stilling. The inner edge is geometric and beautiful, the outer edge grasps at an unknowable future, within its folds it contains the energy of a lightly coiled spring. Made of Finnish birch ply – each piece hand cut, made wet and folded where necessary – this remarkable artwork speaks to the nature of form. It is part of Cotter’s solo exhibition entitled “a consequence of – a dappled world”  at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin until August 8.  It is definitely easier to make sense of a landscape or a portrait bust than abstraction. Contemporary art and sculpture is challenging. If you are unsure about abstraction just take a long look and seek a response within yourself.  There is a clue in the exhibition title inspired by the Gerald Manley Hopkins poem Pied Beauty.  

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