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.
See more at www.racheljoynt.com
Also congratulations to 9 stones artist Gwen Wilkinson, showing new work in a group exhibition entitled Lacuna at the Taylor Gallery
8 – 30 November 2013
LACUNA [ 01 ]
Lucy Andrews, Maggie Madden, Seán Molloy, Eveleen Murphy, Helen O’Leary, Gwen Wilkinson
curated by Sabina Mac Mahon & David Quinn
*In Conversation event with artists and curators: 1pm, Saturday 23 November 2013*
LACUNA [ ] is a new curatorial project at Taylor Galleries co-curated by David Quinn and Sabina Mac Mahon. Situated in the first floor exhibition spaces of the gallery at 16 Kildare Street, it is planned as an occasional and on-going series of exhibitions and publications that will run alongside the gallery’s main programme and embrace experimental and enquiring practices in image- and object-making. When an empty space is encountered it can evoke a desire to fill it with something; to make it complete. In addressing this compulsion LACUNA [ ] both asks and answers the question, ‘With what?’.
Six artists have been invited to take part in the first iteration of the series, LACUNA . Rather than asking them to respond to a theme, LACUNA  embraces the diversity of their current practices, processes and concerns, offering them a space in which to show new and recent work that encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation, painting and photography.
Gwen uses an antique Gandolfi half-plate camera dating from the 1870s to produce 6½ x 4½ inch wet plate collodion photographs that are both technically complex and aesthetically beautiful, both as images and as objects.
Invented in 1851, the collodion process produces one-off images on glass (ambrotypes) or tin (tintypes) plates. In Gwen’s series Edifice and A Fine Balance she uses this seemingly out-dated process to explore the built heritage of rural Ireland and the ancient Japanese bonsai cultivation of kokedama (literally translated as ‘moss balls’) suspended on lengths of string.
See more at gwenwilkinson.com
9 stones artists Annabel Konig and Gwen Wilkinson will be exhibiting new work at the Master of Fine Arts end of year show in Dublin later this week.
Details: An exhibition of selected works by 1st Year MFA students, NCAD
May 3rd – 7th, 2012.
Opening May 3rd @ 6pm
Moxie Studios, Lad Lane, Dublin 2