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Pictured here is one of the art installations at the Kaleidoscope exhibition, held in Summer 2013 at the Farmleigh art gallery in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

The gallery is part of the grounds of Farmleigh House, a luxurious Georgian mansion situated in the park and which is a temporary home to visiting dignitaries and royals who visit the country.

The reason for this exhibition was a celebration of art from all member states of the European Union. Farmleigh was used as a HQ for diplomatic visitors during Irelands 6 month hosting of the EU presidency in 2013, so to coincide the adjoining gallery was used to exhibit these works, one from each of the 27 member states.

This exhibition had been organized by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works in collaboration with the Embassies and various cultural organizations throughout Europe. The exhibition formed part of Culture Connects; an initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and which is a wide and varied programme involving the engagement of Irish artists in Europe and European artists in Ireland.

The artworks on display represented work in a variety of mediums including videos, drawings, paintings and sculpture and the idea was that that this showed the range and diversity of new art being created in Europe.

This work is called "Behind the I" by Irish artist Abigail O’Brien. It portrays the human eye from both the exterior and the reverse. The part of the eye that is visible to all is precise and composed while the part that is hidden from view is chaotic and jumbled.

In creating ‘Behind The i’, The artist took a
photographic image of her own eye and embroidered the pattern onto fabric. A photograph print of either side was then made and mounted behind an acrylic
surface.

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