Anne Martin Walsh
March 5th 2021 - April 24th 2021
Anne Martin Walsh’s practice revolves around painting, photography and printmaking, sometimes installed in combination with sculptural elements. Central to this work are themes of sexual and cultural identity that relate to our natural environment and reference a range of topics taken from history and mythology. Environmental issues are never far from her concerns. Her research involves an examination of geomagnetic ley-lines, ancient sites, Sheela-na-gig and rituals such as divination. She likes to engage in quiet conversation with nature, gleaning knowledge from an intimate connection with the elements and then using this experience to produce art which invokes a sense of spirituality and/or an awareness of ongoing environmental issues.
Anne Martin Walsh is interested in colour, the layering of paint and different forms of mark- making, working intuitively on canvas, board or paper. The art becomes visceral, primal and gestural in its making, with embedded references to a landscape inscribed through the chosen medium. Her printmaking process is kept as organic as possible, using collagraph, woodcut and dry-point, the subject matter remains earth related. She considers her photography to be an integral part of her process while also serving as documentation for her more ephemeral artwork.
April 30th 2021 - June 12th 2021
An exhibition of paintings by artist Eva O’Donovan. For this collection of portraits, Eva continues her distinctive oil on vintage fabric style, this time working with live models. She remains focused on the essence of femininity but for this collection celebrates and explores a broader conception of the term. In an attempt to redress the lack of visibility of those identifying as Transfeminine in the visual arts and portraiture in particular, the artist collaborated with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to find subjects for the Chrysalis series. The artist and sitters aim to promote Positive Visibility and the rights of trans people (and their families) by presenting a collection of powerful portraits featuring members of the Transfeminine and broader TENI community.
O’Donovan has worked closely with the participants featured in the paintings and their input has been key to the success of the project. Working from styled photographs and fabrics, they made key choices during the process and had final approval on the resulting canvasses. Much time was spent developing relationships before any work commenced. ‘This project has taken almost a year to put together and it has been a year of great growth and fun’ says O’Donovan.
The transgender community (through TENI) is a broad church and a highly inclusive one, catholic in the truest sense; representing trans men, trans women, cross dressers, people who identify as non-binary, gender queer or anywhere within the trans community spectrum.
For further information contact:
0872591944 | firstname.lastname@example.org
TENI (Trans Equality Network Ireland)
018733575 | email@example.com
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