How Much Land Does a Man Need

Visual Art / Exhibition



Organization: The Source Arts Centre

Event location: Cathedral Street

City/Town: Thurles / Thurles

County: Tipperary

Event dates: 31 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019

Event Venue: The Source Arts Centre Gallery

Event time: 10am to 5pm daily Tuesday to Friday, 2pm to 5pm Saturday

Contact phone: 0504 90204



This collection of works is inspired by the short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy, “How Much Land (does a man need)”. The story tells how one man’s grasping rapaciousness leads to his downfall. James Joyce wrote to his daughter that this story by Tolstoy was “the greatest story that the literature of the world knows”. Kiely’s interpretation references her personal and familial connections to place. Dealing with the effects of environmental disaster both natural and manmade on people and place she aims to create work that depicts the changing landscape, the nature of perception, and climate related forces e.g. flooding, storms and fire on landscape, both locally and worldwide. The works consist of largescale painting and drawings on canvas with photographs and objects.