SPIRAL is the title of an exhibition by the students of the Professional Arts Practice QQI Level 6 Course, at the Cork College of Commerce West Cork Campus in the former Rossa College, Skibbereen.
It will be staged at the Working Artist Studios in North Street, Skibbereen, from February 18th to 25th daily from 10am to 4pm (except Sunday 19th). All are welcome to attend a preview and the opening by Sherkin artist Majella O’Neill Collins on Friday 17th at 7pm.
Curated by Aisling Roche, Paula Marten and Pim Wijnmaalen, the exhibition will feature works by Siobhán Arnold, Nigel Connell Bass, Ossín Hanrahan, Kay Hutton, Rachael James, Daniel Jefferies, Nicola Kitley, Marie McFarlane, Daniel Mahony, Eímhín McGuirk, Emma Nixon-Gray and Robert Sobura. This eclectic group, diverse in age, background and culture has come together to explore various themes in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and combined materials. Their differing approaches allow interesting contrasts in techniques and interpretations.
Siobhán Arnold creates pieces that directly involve the senses, creating images that evoke security and comfort. Nigel Connell Bass explores reflective objects, new and recycled metals and fresh concepts. Ossín Hanrahan chases the eternal nature of the spiritual through the exploration of religious iconography. Kay Hutton examines the properties of material through the investigation of the natural.
Rachel James investigates the processes and techniques of sewing, the intricate patterning of form and the rich use of colour. Daniel Jefferies studies light, perspective and infinity through the use of shadows and shapes, the sea and all things nautical.
Nicola Kitley observes the unexpected and overlooked, drawing attention to the many iridescent and vibrant palettes available to the vigilant observer of West Cork. Marie McFarlane develops her inner energy, through the discovery of joy and love in nature.
Daniel Mahony, searches the beach for the edge that is created as an entrance to a new dimension. Eímhín McGuirk evaluates all things musical.
Emma Nixon-Gray believes that ‘a horse is much more than just a horse’ – her work considers the horse as a full body of emotion, as a reflection of self, a humble spirit and kindred soul.
Robert Sobura analyses how the universe and our civilisation functions, his work is evocative and quirky, making viewers think and smile.