Sea-Change Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich an strange
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
A new body of work comprising of delicate bronze sea forms alongside sand pictures, exploring, comparing and contrasting themes around our Earths wealth and riches, by Rachel Joynt RHA will be on exhibit in the RHA Ashford Gallery. This work plays with the complex relationship between ecology and the economy and the ebb and flow within markets and ocean currents.
Heads or Tails 1 (detail), 2013, Bronze, led light, Portland stone, 40 x 20 x 20 cm
Rachel Joynt: “Sea change” detail
Joynt brings a level of delicacy and fragility to figurative sculpture based on these sensitive and fragile life forms that inhabit unpolluted pockets of ocean.
Using the Echinoid Skeletons, in particular the Sand dollar species, as a metaphor for richness, wealth and the search for rejuvenation and sustenance. Perforated symmetrical forms that emanate warm light in chalky opalescent colours. In reference to Sand dollars; ‘is a creature whose very strangeness helps us to see ourselves more clearly by showing us what we are not’. The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins.
Permanence, transience and flux are reoccurring themes and her use of sand, light, glass, bronze and cast iron underline this. For Joynt, scale is also important, transforming our normal viewpoint by using different magnifications, she allows the subject to take on a new presence.
Congratulations to 9 Stones artist Annabel Konig for her new residency with the Co. Waterford Arts Office. Below Annabel discusses her latest work
“I am currently working as the sea-side artist in residence for the county Waterford arts office, with Co. Arts Officer Margaret Organ. This residency, which will run for about 8 months is an exploration of the coastal towns of the county and how the local community, landscape and villages spend their time in the off season. I am interesting in gathering stories from the locals and making a visual diary of the sea/land during this period. The works will be shown at the Dungarvan Arts Centre during the summer (2014) and in some of the local community halls of the villages where I am working.
“I am also working on a local project which investigates farming and the farmers in my local Carlow area. I am looking into how they use their inventiveness, ingenuity and knowledge to farm, fix and manage their livestock. This, currently is a photographic project.”
This is the video Annabel created for her recent MA fine art exhibition installation, inspired by the environment in which she lives:
‘I have been taking images of the poly-tunnel in my garden over the past two years. I have documented the tunnel in various weather conditions and at different times of day and night. The poly-tunnel, by itself, is not a thing of beauty, however it has, over time, become to me a constant revelation.’
‘I considered how in and around the man-made structure of a poly-tunnel, nature’s firsthand details are gradually revealed. We are now living in a sped-up world. We allow the accepted shortcuts of “looking” to block out using our time to really see an image. Highlighting how the familiar becomes strange, my images ask the viewer to look with a slower and more deliberated eye at the images made apparent.’
9 Stone artists, Martin Lyttle (lithicworks.com), along with Eileen MacDonagh are showing work at the first ever sculpture exhibition to be mounted at Mount Juliet Estate, near Thomastown in Kilkenny, in conjunction with Artistic Alliance.
Over seventy artworks in stone, metal and timber will be displayed in the formal rose and walled gardens. This event promises to be one of the most interesting outdoor sculpture shows in Ireland this year.
Sculptors featured are: Stephen Burke, Don Cronin, Bojana Crisanek, Jason Ellis, Moss Gaynor, Richard Healy, Redmond Herrity, Holger Lönze, Martin Lyttle, Eileen MacDonagh, Helen O’Connell, Richie Perry, Krystyna Pomeroy and Martha Quinn.
All are welcome to the opening on Weds 17th July, 2013 @ 6.30pm Admission: free Open: 9am to 9pm daily