RIVER TRACES – solo exhibition at Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary 5-31 Oct, 2023
‘he couldn’t find a word that would explain their walks through the callaghs, following a path by the shallow stream that
led from the village to the shore of the lake, and stopping there on a tiny half-moon of shingle beach…’
Donal Ryan, The Queen of Dirt Island.
This series of paintings and drawings are in response to Donal Ryan’s words which opened up a way of exploring drawing, lines that echoed river traces, lines that hinted at shallow water, at land sheened by river light, at grass silvered by water which appeared and disappeared leaving only a trace, a hint of movement, a hint of growth, sodden by rain, dried by wind.
An exploration of colour and its application onto surfaces, flooding thin layers of paint over board with large brushes, letting the paint settle into crevices, hollows, letting the paint seep into collaged paper, while always keeping the softness of the callaghs in mind.