Hi there pals,,
So this is an exciting week for me as I prepare to head off to Gstaad Switzerland to participate in ARTSFEMINs inaugural exhibition $€XY (Secure, Enthusiastic, Exponential and Young at heart) at the luxurious Huss_Gstaad, a stunning location in this rich and famous ski resort.
This is an all female, curated show highlighting the issues concerning equality within the arts world globally, supporting female artists and global charity: Women for Women International. I am attending the show to exhibit a huge new work (1 meter x 1 meter) a mixed media/acrylic art work called SAFEHOUSE, I created especially for this exhibit, as I usually work in wax this really is a large scale work for me, and I've got to be honest I loved working this way, working large suits me, its so physical and expressive, I really dived in!
I have the great pleasure to travel with, and show alongside of Irish visual artists and colleagues, Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova and Fran Halpin and 52 other curated artists from 35 countries.
As we in 'Team Ireland', as we call ourselves, prepares to depart for what is no doubt going to be a remarkable experience it hasn't escaped my notice that today is a landmark date for the #metoo movement, Harvey W was convicted today in the US...
Between the #MarriageEquality referendum and the #Repeal the 8th referendum here in Ireland a lot of feeling was dragged up for all genders everywhere, followed quickly by the revelations from Hollywood and of course our own appalling history of clerical and state controlled abuse against women and children, #metoo started to unfurl here on our own green soil...and indeed from my studio.
My feminist principles often flood into my work and SAFEHOUSE is no different.
I hope in some small way to offer a respite of hope through this work, a piffle really when you consider the scale of abuses against women and girls, but a gesture none the less...and a warning to antagonists everywhere...we wont take it anymore, we are strong, we are one, we talk, we are on to you!
SAFEHOUSE is not an 'angry' work, nor is it anti men, as is often argued when feminist talk comes to the surface. It is, in fact, a work of art full of hope, one that offers support to all! and after the exhibition launch this weekend when it is premiered, as promised, to the vip vernissage in the wonderful supportive and inclusive hands of Artsfemin I promise I will share the full artwork here.
For now all I can offer is a sneak peek, some press coverage and some prior fem-art works form my studio ...wish me well, I do you. xx N
Ps: If you wish to join us in Gstaad for this amazing event, follow the registration link in the Artsfmin page here.
My Fem-art. 2015 todate
I had the great good fortune recently to be asked open exhibitions DISENGAGED and PERCEPTION by Visual Artists Gabrielle Flynn and Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova , curated by Brendan Dean at Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore, Co.Leittim. (I gave them a shout out on my recent Vlog!).
These very different Artists and their body of works have a strange syncronicity in making us ask questions of ourselves, both from an outter and inner standpoint. I wish to again congratulate these ladies on a wonderful show and encourage you to go see...it it sonething that will sit with you for sometime x N
Dear friends, Our travelling group exhibition #shiftingwalls is due to hit its 2nd destination, #Themarkethousemonaghan, in the Town Centre of Monaghan on Thursday 3rd of October from 6-8pm. Artists: Kate Beagan, Jo Cummins,Roisin Duffy, Jackie Hudson Lalor, along with myself and curator Sinead Smith, heartily invite you to join us for this opening reception, as we present this body of work in my home town. I do hope to see you there and keep an eye on social media for further event details.
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.