Over the past two years Claremorris Visual Arts Community (CVAC) has been engaged in a body of work in which they explore the idea of materiality under the concept of Intricate Weaves. This concept references the groups’ inner and outer contexts and complexities reflected in their everyday lives and art practices. Each member of the collective has worked independently on and brings their own interpretation of the theme to their exhibition in Tuar Ard.
While all art is made out of some kind of material, prior to modernism many works did not place an emphasis on the materials themselves, but rather the final image which these materials created. In contemporary art, the term materialityimbues a symbolic significance to the material qualities of the mediums employed in the creation of a piece of art.
The French philosopher Roland Barthes tells us that materiality instructs us of the cosmos and its purpose and possibilities. Materiality imbued with human imagination brings reconnection and recalibration to our efforts and hope for our futures. In age old gestures in drawing, weaving, painting, etching, printing and stitching, we forge new imagery and remember ancient symbols.
Are we deeply enmeshed, immersed, entangled, interwoven observers or detached spectators of the cosmic fabric of time? These are the questions the artists seek to address in their exhibition which will be on display until the end of August.
Norah Brennan works form her studio in Claremorris, Co. Mayo and is a printmaker, painter and mixed media artist. She earned her first class honours degree in Fine Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway in 2011 and has had solo shows in Ireland and the UK since then. She has also been selected for numerous juried shows and has exhibited in France, Australia, India, Japan and America. She has had residencies in Wales in 2015 and 2017 and Africa in 2020. Norah’s work is in the collection of the National University of Ireland, Galway and Mayo and Roscommon County Councils as well as private collections here and abroad.
Anna O. Dixon is a mixed media painter who uses subtle textures on relief surfaces. She is a Fine Art graduate with a degree from GMIT. Fascinated with quantum science she is currently undertaking PhD studies. Her artwork focuses on the visual timelessness found in space and nature which is anchored by ancient symbolism. She will take up residency in Kenya next year among a rural community.
Marie Keena is a mixed media painter and sculptor. Her work places a strong emphasis on texture and colour. She is a graduate of GMIT. She has exhibited in a number of venues throughout Ireland and her work is held in private collection.
Christine Lynn is a well established artist who has been painting and exhibiting her work for the last 30 years. Christine is influenced by the Art Nouveauperiod and especially the stained glass artist L.C. Tiffany. She regularly exhibits her work and is committed to a community based approach to the arts.
Dr. Ann O’ Mahony’s work is concerned with cultural memory and meaning and in celebrating women’s contribution and creative expression. Ann has an M. Sc. Degree and is an Art and Design graduate of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology where in 2011 she was awarded a PhD in the History of Art and Critical Theory for her research based thesis entitled ‘In Search of a Language: Textile and Text in Contemporary Women’s Art’. She has exhibited her work in many juried shows including the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Dublin Society (2001), Tallaght Arts Centre (2005) and in 2006 she was awarded an emerging artist solo exhibition by Aberystwyth Arts Centre at the University of Wales.
Ann Warde is a painter and has exhibited in both solo exhibitions and group shows. She works with mixed media, challenging her ability and creating her individual style. Her work is noted for bold compositions with concentrated layers of colour. Ann’s work explores and interprets everyday contemporary culture and society. Her work is represented in many collections throughout Ireland, including that of President Michael D. Higgins.