With the artist in conversation with Glenn Brown, and an essay by Gillian Darley.
Utilising various fabrics as canvas, including sailcloth, Neapolitan tartan and woven images of her own previous works, Caragh Thuring constructs fragments of submarines, coins, plants, figures, textiles and volcanoes into compositions that explore the spatial depth and vocabulary of painting.
In these new works, Thuring has returned frequently to the motif of tartan, both as a woven fabric and as depicted in paint. The tartan geometry acts as a two-dimensional plane and referential grid on which the syntactical elements of the painting are arranged and through which they are all connected. Thuring has continued this exploration by stretching as her canvas, a registered Neapolitan tartan produced by local draper ISAIA, a fabric producer established in the 1920s and still in operation today as a renowned tailor and menswear label. The long tradition of tailoring and cloth making in Italy and Naples here linked directly with that of Scotland where Thuring grew up, close to another industrial port city: Glasgow, much alike in its energy and vibrancy to Naples.
This publication reproduces forty-four paintings made by the artist over the last fifteen years that include depictions of volcanoes alongside a text written by Gillian Darley, author of Vesuvius (published by Profile Books in 2011) and an in-conversation with artist Glenn Brown (b. 1966, Hexham). Volcano, is published on the occasion of Caragh Thuring at Thomas Dane Gallery, Naples, Italy (19 January - 2 March 2019).