Patricia Cronin, Shrine for Girls (Dublin), 2015. Clothing, framed photographs, and wood crates, 177.8 x 152.5 x 81.3 cm.

Patricia Cronin


The LAB Gallery

Even the crudest structure or site can become a shrine. Once connected to an item or individual deemed sacred, it transfigures into a space conducive to contemplation and rituals of remembrance—activities that keep the enshrined, in some way, alive. Patricia Cronin subverts traditional notions of a shrine to memorialize something that is handled, globally, with systemic disdain and a chronic lack of care. The traumatized female body struggles for visibility across cultures and religions while its perils go largely undocumented, unaccounted for, simply unseen. Interrogative as well as commemorative, in its third iteration since the 2015 Venice Biennale, “Shrine for Girls” continued to counter this invisibility. Composed of fabric heaped atop industrial wooden crates, the three sculptures are substantially bigger than a human being …see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.