Isabelle Gaborit / Alchemy Hanne T. Fisker / Water Stories
Kathryn Kelly / Adrift With Uncertainty
Saturday 30th July – Saturday 29th July 2017
Drawing together three artists with disparate practices working in varied media, the new exhibitions at The Courthouse Gallery explore the environment, from the wild Atlantic coast to unnamed fiery worlds and a mysterious yet beautiful frozen landscape.
Isabelle Gaborit has mastered the ancient art of encaustic, or painting with pigmented wax, a technique mastered by the Greeks. Hanne T Fisker meanwhile, is drawn to the wildness of the Clare coastline, photographing what she terms its ‘sea explosions’ at close quarters. Cork-based artist Kathryn Kelly’s installation of photographs evoke explorations of the self, its cool ambiance belying the turmoil of the unknown.
Curator/Co-ordinator: Anne Mullee
‘Soul Yearnings’ is a joint exhibition of works by artists Maureen Considine and Kathryn Kelly. Working with the medium of photography, the lens acts as if to give a representative voice to the soul searching and internal longings of both artists during periods of personal significance and transition with the process being a catharsis.
Both artists utilize the camera as a means of ‘capturing’. Kathryn Kelly’s efforts at capturing moments in time and place in her imagery are used as a metaphor to express the fragility and transience of life and the enduring quest for something beyond where we are presently positioned. The works function as representations, characters for personal narratives of longing and escape, remoteness and separation.
Maureen Considine’s photograms are created by placing an object onto the surface of light-sensitive paper and exposing it to light and then specific chemicals. A photogram is a direct trace of the object to which it refers, like a footprint, but it is often distorted by the bending of light through the object. These works from the series, Searching for the Self/Soul Images, are influenced by archetypal symbology. In Jungian symbology ‘the Self’, the archetype at the centre of the psyche, is often represented as a circle/mandala.