For fifteen years The Domestic Godless have been working on the very fringes of Ireland’s blossoming gastronomic renaissance employing food (its taste its presentation its production and cultural values) as artistic material for irreverent experimentation.
Those fifteen years have produced installations, banquets and performances in such places as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the majestic Castletown House in Kildare, an abandoned hotel in the heart of Athens and a mini-skip at the gates of City Hall in Belfast.
Now… at long last… we are making a book!
All the recipes, the research and history will be lovingly re-assembled illustrated and designed, in a tome of over 180 pages, narrated by respected food critics, long-entombed TV cooks and ourselves amongst others. The book itself is an artwork.
“The Food the Bad and the Ugly” will go print in September and come off the press in late October where it will be launched at the Crawford Gallery Cork, to coincide with an exhibition that celebrates our fifteen years in existence.
We are the Domestic Godless: artists Mick O’Shea, Irene Murphy and Stephen Brandes all based in various bits of Cork.
The Domestic Godless came into existence in 2002, each of us having been invited as artists, to exhibit at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Possessing a shared interest in food, we decided to cook at the opening, seeking the strangest ingredients we could find. We were consequently invited to produce a recipe column for the Visual Artists Ireland news sheet over the following two years.
We have since trodden a fine line between cuisine and art, researching the stranger corners of global food culture, creating installations, banquets and performances throughout Ireland and abroad.
Our latest venture at the beginning of April 2017 involved building an installation of amuse bouches for the opening of the Athens Biennale in Greece.
We are seeking funding purely to cover the costs of printing the book, as an edition of 1200, using a printer based in Ireland.
We have received a Project Award from Cork City Council towards the research of new material and backing from the Crawford Gallery, Cork to cover the labour costs for compiling and designing the book.
All of the proceeds from your support will go towards the printing, postage and packaging of these wonderful books. Any extra we receive will be invested in making the experience of visiting us at the Crawford Gallery in Autumn even more special.
We are currently ahead of schedule with the research and design of the book. We don't foresee any challenges or risks in getting the copy to print for the deadline at the beginning of September, should we reach our Fund it target.
The Domestic Godless would like to thank you heartily for your support in realising this very special book. x