‘Nature Spirit – A Collaboration’ An Exhibition of New Works by Carmel T. Madigan.
14 July 2014 - 01 August 2014
Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee, O'Connell Street, Killkee, Co Clare
Phone: 065 9056034
- Free Admission
- Wheel Chair Access
- Near the Beach!
Having grown up at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Loophead, coupled with the continuous household discussion on the area and its social and economic history, generated by her parents who between them have spent 190 years living here, Carmel T. Madigan nee Magner’s artworks have continuously been influenced by Loophead, its wild elements, rugged rocks, windswept territory.
Her new batch of works have departed from the elements and the landscape somewhat, and have been infiltrated by social and economic history from the area, her own recent research and educational endeavours and her travels. This mix of new work , created in a spirited, ethereal style, combines stories like the ladies travelling to Biddy Gallery’s House for their T-cup readings, which yielded outcomes that may have suggested an Impending parcel from America, or an impending match, or the birth of twins. Biddy Gallery was a T-cup reader and had settled at Kilballyowen having arrived here with her husband from Ennis. The painting ‘Ladies Walk to Biddy Gallery’s House for T-cup Reading – Kilballyowen’ reflects on this social tasseopgraphy reading. Then there were the ‘Tinkers’ who frequented the area for a period of time each year, whereby they provided the service of tin-can mending to farmers in exchange for money and food. Their animals grazed along the hedgerows. The painting ‘ Guided Hedgerow Walk with Tinkers Daughters while Tinkers mend farmers milk cans’ reflects on this. My father, in particular had a fascination with the ‘spirited happenings’ of the area, which appeared numerous, and this sense of spiritual intervention has been instilled into the painting ‘ Mothers of Nature: Flower, Stream & Bush , Guiding Walk near Rehy Hill’.
The influence of the weather is once again captured in the celebratory ‘The Spirit of Growth Rains Forth – Tillagers Celebrate’ on a community who each cultivated at least a haggard of potatoes and vegetables for domestic consumption each year.
During the past few years, Carmel has been researching the natural habitats of the area, specifically Ross Beach and the wild flora of the Loophead area. The celebrated interactions with the ocean and its bio-live activity is captured in the paintings ‘Fish Spray & Fish at Play’, ‘Fish Fest’ and ‘Ross Beach before the Storms’ whilst her guided tours of the hedgerow flora is captured in ‘Guided Walkers Celebrate Cloud Burst’. Her recent visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s grave at Amboise, France, has yielded the returning spirit of Mona Lisa, captured in her painting ‘Guided Walk with Mona Lisa after my visit to Leonardo’s Grave’.
The works are reflective on her current research work, free floating, abstract yet familiar, and reminiscent of Loophead in its bygone days as handed down by Mai and PJ Magner. The works are created on paper and canvas.
Carmel has been working as a professional artist since 2000 and she has widely exhibited throughout Ireland and Internationally, including the Florence Bienniale 2009, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery New York 2010 and Sala Barna, Barcelona 2006. Her works are collected by many private collectors and they feature in many public/corporate collections including, The Department of Defence, Dromoland Castle, Waterford Municipal Art Collection, Maldron Hotel Limerick, Ross Hotel, Killarney, Bank of Ireland, OPW and Barefield National School. Carmel runs the Loophead Summer Hedge School during July and August at Loophead, an environmental and creative leisure learning Summer School.