Since my return from Berlin, I’ve been really struck by the Irish skies and change of light (perhaps something you don’t notice as much when you live here permanently). My eyes were drawn again and again by the sheer scale of the landscape and beauty and vastness of the sky. I began (rather obsessively) to document scenes and this has led on from creating miniature worlds and people while I lived in an urban landscape, to instead responding to the wider landscape around me when I moved to a more rural setting. You can read more about my current practice here.
Following on from creating a miniature sculpted figures, I then used them as subject matter for a series of oil paintings.
I had been painting realistic images in a realist style, collaging images together to create one new image a pieces of art. This subsequent series began as a follow-on and retained the collage element, but instead of using realist imagery relied instead on entirely graphic elements built up in layer upon layer of acrylic paint until the completed image returned.
Over time these became more simplified and the colour palette featured a lot of white background in evidence. This more pared down, graphic-style continued on in my illustrative scenes in My Fairytale Life series.
I have been a neglectful website updater – the reason being I’ve been very busy finalising all the stuff for my solo show. However, one shouldn’t forget to alert people that their solo show is in fact on at all.
Above is the beautifully designed invitation for the exhibition (design for Meath County Council by www.spudgun.net)
And here is the information about the exhibition:
The exhibition is presented by Meath County Council Arts Office.
The opening night is on Tuesday 26th of August at 7pm in Ashbourne Library and Cultural Centre.
The exhibition, entitled ‘Me and My Shadow’ will be opened by award-winning author of The Herbalist Niamh Boyce.
The exhibition explores various emotions one experiences in solitude, with doll-like figures posing within their personal environments and evoking different emotions such as dreams, thoughts, hopes and fears.
The exhibition runs until the 23rd of September and is open during library hours.
Below is a piece publicising the show featured in the current edition of the Meath Chronicle.
My third solo is coming up this August 26th and will run until September 23rd. It’s taking place in the Toradh Gallery which is in Ashbourne, Meath. I will be showing a mixture of paintings and small sculptural works in wall-hanging boxes which I’m busy working on right now (which is why this website and blog has not been updated often enough).
The 2014 Toradh programme can be found here for dates of this year’s other exhibitors.