BY MOLLY O’CALLAGHAN
LOCAL artist Annabel Langrish recently opened her new Clonakilty gallery on Ashe Street, which will be home to a variety of art, the event described as ‘a great success, with a lovely bunch of mainly local Clonakilty folk.’
Annabel explained that the shop is ‘a showcase for my own nature-inspired work – prints, mugs, coasters and tablemats, oil cloth bags and raku fired ceramics.’
The theme that can be consistently seen throughout Annabel’s art is nature, with ‘a yard at the back where we hope to encourage wildlife and birds. It has a woodland theme, with bird feeders, nest boxes and insect houses which we sell in the gallery.’
Annabel’s inspiration from nature is not only found through her artwork, but also through the way she choses to live her life in harmony with the natural world, explaining that ‘animals have no voice, so I am a supporter of animal rights.’
Aside from her passion for art, Annabel explains that she has ‘always tried to be as self-sufficient with food as possible, growing organically.’ This key ethos of sustainable living aligns with her opposition to the mechanical harvesting of kelp in Bantry Bay, as well as the fact that she raises ‘awareness about the dangers of plastic to marine life, making art with beachcombed plastic.’
As someone who believes ‘there is something so special about any interaction with a wild animal,’ Annabel’s artwork is a product of her special experience when interacting with wildlife, so after viewing her pieces, it is as if you are having that special interaction through her.