For episode V, “The Lotus Eaters,” Joyce selects an unusual genre for parody and uses the conventions of flower dictionaries of the nineteenth century. One of the more popular flower dictionaries was called Flora Symbolica from where the event name is taken.
In St Paul’s Arts & Heritage Centre in Ballysax, The Curragh with support from Kildare County Council, artist and researcher Audrey Walshe and her team of flower growers will create a number of botanical installations using locally grown and sourced flowers. Audrey has an interdisciplinary background and holds a BA Irish Studies (TCD, 2017) and is currently studying MA Art and Research Collaboration (IADT). As a researcher she is interested in how the use of botanical material functions, in the conventional sense as a form of artistic/scientific documentation of species through the study of botany and horticulture as well as in the decorative sense where botanical forms pass into use in architecture and craftsmanship and literature and fashion. The event will be created for one day only taking inspiration from the botanical references in the episode.
If you are outside the city and wish to celebrate Bloomsday with us please come along to our free event, we will have lemon soap from Swenys for sale as well as posies of locally grown blooms.
Address: Saint Paul’s Church, Ballysax, Curragh, Co. Kildare, R56 Y597