Currently in our gallery
‘Moments’ by Helen O’Donovan
An exhibition of paintings
by Irish artist Helen O’Donovan
24th October – 19th December
This body of work is concerned with the transient nature of our existence. The combination of everyday objects with various unknown life spans and the potential longevity of oil paintings are used to reflect the relative constancy of the human presence compared to the temporary existence of the individual. read more…
The work focuses on ideas of shelter. It is an exploration of how we define the spaces we inhabit, whether they be temporary or permanent, and the fragility of these spaces which are so relied on physically and psychologically. In other words, the interior or built space can become a reference to the psychological versus the physical; the space of the mind and its relationship to the space of the interior. These ideas are developed through the mediums of print, drawing, sound & mixed media.
Walking has proved to be an essential element in my practice. During the 4 years I was a student in the Crawford College of Art & Design walking has been my main means of transport. Consequently, I have walked the same areas, the same streets over and over again. Instead of this getting boring it became an important starting point and source of inspiration in my work. I found that the every-day-the-same wasn’t really every day the same. There were always (mostly) subtle changes due to, for instance, time of the day, weather conditions or even something trivial as different litter on the streets. Moreover, I realised that nothing we read more…