Artist – Ealaíontóir
Artwork inspired by the satirical novel An Béal Bocht by Myles na gCopaleen (Flann O Brien) – A bad story about the hard life
This exhibition uses stereoscopes and printmaking to explore the symbiotic relationship we have as a country with the tourism industry using the novel for reference as well as important landscapes of the the 20th century (for example Paul Henry) and vintage souvenir postcards. This is an interactive exhibition, the public will be able to handle the stereoscopes to view the 3D images inside. The collection of fine art prints have been hand pulled from plates using a variety of techniques including aquatint, sugarlift, drypoint, embossing and collography.
This has been an ongoing project for a number of years. Deirdre McKenna received the Madgie Hughie Eoin Scholarship in 2013 to spend some time at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc in Donegal. The work developed here as well as through Meitheal Eitseála in West Kerry and Cork Printmakers. The artist is very grateful for the great support received from Ealaín na Gaeltachta.
Saothar ealaíona a spreagadh ón úrscéal cáiliúil An Béal Bocht le Myles na gCopaleen – Drochscéal ar an drochshaol.
Ag baint usáid as steiréascóip agus priontál, tá an taispeántas seo ag déanamh fiosrú ar an gcaidreamh siombóiseach atá againn mar thír le tionscal na turasóireachta, ag déanamh tagairt don leabhar, maraon le healaíontóir tábhachtach tírdhreacha na 20ú haoise (mar shampla Paul Henry agus a leithéid) agus le sean chártaí poist cuimhneacháin. Taispeántas idirghníomhach a bheidh ann. Beidh an pobal ábalta na steiréascóip a láimhseáil chun íomhánna faoi leith a fheiscint trí ghléas lámhdéanta. Bailiúchán eitseála atá anseo atá láimhdéanta ag baint úsáid as modhanna éagsúla mar shampla: uiscimriú (aquatint), sú meala (sugarlift), turbheara (drypoint), cabhraíocht (embossing) agus callagrafaíocht (collography).
Cuireadh tús leis an saothar seo nuair a fuair Deirdre McKenna cuireadh, in éineacht le Ciara McKenna, taispeántas beirte a chur i láthair ag An Lab, Ionad Ealaíona na Gaeilge sa Daingean sa bhliain 2012. Ó shin tháinig forbairt ar an saothar i gCló Ceardlann na gCnoc i dTír Chonaill, trí Scoláireacht Madgie Hughie Eoin 2013, i stiúideo priontála Meitheal Eitseála sa Daingean agus anois i Cork Printmakers. Cuireadh sparánacht ar fáil chun an saothar seo a fhorbairt ó Ealaín na Gaeltachta.
It’s been a busy couple of months and without a studio to work from since last December, but finally Sample Studios have moved and are up and running form our new location in Churchfield. I’ve moved all my bits and pieces in and can get down to work again. The new studios are nearly full with only a couple of spaces left so there will be a great community of creative people working away in the future.
Is maith an rud é go bhfuilim ag socrú síos sa stiúideo nua ós rud é go bhfuil taispeántas aonar á ullmhú agam faoi láthair. Ach beidh a thuilleadh eolas faoi sin ag teacht go luath.
I am putting together my first solo show in 7 years! …so keep a lookout for more information in the coming weeks.
I’m really happy to be part of this exhibition again, this year it’s actually in the etching room where I work on my plates and prints!
A Pop Up Print Exhibition of new work by members of Cork Printmakers
Join us for an enjoyable shopping experience in our Etching Studio
and a unique opportunity to see artworks straight off the press.
Tuesday 13 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 14 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Thursday 15 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Friday 16 Dec: 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday 17 Dec: 11am – 5pm
Sunday 18 Dec: 12noon – 5pm
Cork Printmakers’ Print Showroom will remain open until 12noon on Friday 23 December
with a wide range of affordable prints, Christmas cards, print related gifts and gift vouchers on sale.
I’m thrilled to have been invited to create a piece of work for this show. I’ve been around since the very beginnings of Other Voices. It started off in 2002 as a small but magical occasion at a time of year when Dingle was usually sleepy and hibernating, now “the annual gathering has established itself as a musical pilgrimage for the mind and the soul” (othervoices.ie) and people flock from all over to be here for the magic. It brings with it a warm cozy feeling that manages to forestall the frenzy of consumerism that comes in the run up to Christmas. I hope that all who travel to Dingle this weekend have a wonderful time and that we all enjoy the buzz of Other Voices!
Special thanks to Áine Ní Chíobháin for organising, curating and hanging this great show.
Check out the details below and come along on Friday for the opening!
Engage Arts Festival is on this weekend and it’s been a fantastic weekend. Cork Printmakers opened ’25’ on Thursday evening after the official festival launch and it looked great. Thanks to all at Engage and the Skylight Gallery for having us, to Miranda Driscoll, director of Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh for curating the show, Johnny Bugler for hanging the work and to all at Cork Printmakers.
(P.S. Apologies for the bad quality photos! Camera phone not the best!)
It’s going to be a busy Culture Night for me this year! First off I will be at the opening of the Kerry Visual Artists Showcase which takes place at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in Killarney. This is the second of two exhibitions, organised by Kerry County Council Arts Office, that celebrate the work of professional visual arts practitioners working across County Kerry today.
Then I’ll be hitting the road for Cork where Sample Studios will be holding it’s last culture night in its present location on Sullivan’s Quay. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a large number of the city’s top artists in their workplace, take part in activities and watch performances, films and exhibitions all under one roof. More information here
Nach mise a bheidh gnóthach Oíche Chultúir na bliana seo! Mar thús beidh mé i láthair at oscailt oifigiúil taispeántas Kerry Visual Artists Showcase atá ar siúl ag An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta i gCill Áine. Ansin, tabharfaidh mé aghaidh ar chathair Chorcaí agus Sample Studios áit a mbeidh níos mó ná 60 ealaíontóir le fáil ina stiúideo féin chun a chuid saothar a thaispeáint agus a mhíniú don phobal. Tuilleadh eolais le fáil anseo
Here’s the etching I have been working on for Cork Printmakers exhibition at The Atrium, Cork City Hall this coming Friday. When I see sails passing on the distant horizon I find myself imagining what it would be like to be on board, where are they headed for? How long have they been at sea? Who’s turn is it to make the tea in their ever moving world? When we were asked, for this exhibition, to consider the future and all its potential I immediately thought of a vessel on the open ocean choosing which point of the compass to follow, each direction leading to great things and adventures along the way. The piece I made for this show is made of two copper plates etched with aquatint. The title Cóir Gaoithe means fair winds, a blessing you might give a sailor setting out to sea wishing them favourable conditions for the journey ahead.
Details of the exhibition and opening:
You can view the catalogue for the Present exhibition here: Present Catalogue
I was delighted to be selected for this show in The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A. To have my work featured on the invite is a bonus!
The work for this exhibition were selected by curator Sarah Kelleher. Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art department at University College Cork and a Government of Ireland Scholar. She has published critical reviews in Enclave Review, Paper Visual, the Irish Arts Review and Artefact (The Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians.) She is co-director of Pluck Projects, an independent curatorial venture, the editorial assistant of Enclave Review and an occasional lecturer within the History of Art Department at U.C.C.