Exhibition entitled ‘Breaking the Surface’ opens for Kinsale Arts Weekend 2023
I was delighted to offer this window exhibition as part of KAW 2023. It was the third year I’ve exhibited in this space in Diarmuid O Shea’s Solicitors and it looked great again this year. The space on Main Street in Kinsale, which is always packed with visitors and onlookers for the Kinsale Arts Weekend. This weekend always draw art lovers from around the country as Kinsale’s artists show their work in a wide number of windows and public spaces across the town.
Below is the summary for the story that inspired the theme for this year’s exhibition. It is based on the struggle we often face as individuals going through change. As we encounter each challenge, we grow and learn from our experiences. Due to Kinsale’s harbour and coastal setting, I use the natural forcers that are evident all around the town and hinterland as part of this expression. Read on…
Kinsale Arts Weekend: Breaking the Surface: Potential for New Beginnings
We are coastal people, we live by the tides.
We are enveloped by ongoing destruction and creation, the infinite relationship between land and sea. The ocean appears relentless as her waves crash of our shores, yet the earth responds with the formation of new islands or shifting plates. Is it a battle where the greatest wins or an interdependence of a delicately balanced dance? For Kinsale Arts Weekend 2023 I consider the natural environment around us and how it teaches us about our own stories, our own lives.
I contemplated this eternal phenomenon when I moved into making. Each piece was created in an order, a unique reflection on how our lives, our stories are often moved by these similar forces. We are continually created, forming new experiences and relationships. We are also continually destroyed, the breaking of bonds and situations. We attempt to gather or gain some control, yet realise that the forces around us are too great. We learn to surrender, we learn to accept. We are shaped by grief, we are moulded by joy.
From Left to Right: Each piece is hand crafted, original and individually named. See Bold
‘The Crack that lets the Light in’ came into its own when one of the warp threads snapped whilst making. I thought over and over again about how I would fix, sort, manage this unfortunate mistake. Yet, over time, I realised that this was not my part in this story. I worked with what emerged: a break, a crack, a space for something new to emerge. Perhaps from here there lay some potential. Material: Wool/Felt. Price: €600
From here, ‘The Potential for New Beginnings’ emerged. I continuously had an image of a tiny shoot emerging from below the soil. It felt earthy and grounded. I imagined the gradual movement from the deep darkness, breaking the surface and reaching towards the light. When I allowed it, the darkness felt supportive and nourishing. It seemed that when the time was right, growth would begin. Material: Wool. Price: €600
Gradually, as the initial signs of life continued to build, ‘Coming into its Own’ took shape. Held and cherished, it was allowed to take its own form, to grow into the new. Through faith and perseverance to a truth unknown, it attempted new shapes, observing along the way what felt most right. The world was filled with possibilities. Material: Embroidery Thread. Price: €600
Eventually, ‘Flourishing’ captured the complete expression of this new formation. Despite coming from a place that seemed so impossible, so utterly destroyed, it allowed the natural forces to shape and mould it. Without prescription or plan, it surrendered to a knowing much greater than itself, and bowed with humility to much more than self. Death creates life, heartache mends to allow for a greater love. Material: Wool/ Acrylic blend. Price: €600
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