Fe­lic­ity’s ex­hi­bi­tion at Arts Cen­tre

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GREY­STONES artist Fe­lic­ity Clear will be hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of draw­ings named ‘In Di­a­mond Val­ley’ at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 2 and runs un­til Satur­day Novem­ber 1.

The artist and Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre have, jointly pro­duced an ac­com­pa­ny­ing cat­a­logue, for this ex­hi­bi­tion with es­says in­cluded from Sally Tim­mons, Cliodhna Shaffrey and Pádraic E.Moore.

‘Fe­lic­ity’s work is con­sumed with the chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment of her home county of Wick­low in par­tic­u­lar,’ de­scribed Mau­reen Ken­nelly, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, ‘Clear has some­how cap­tured a mo­ment in a time and place in which the pro­cesses of change are vis­i­bly tak­ing shape.’

Fe­lic­ity Clear’s large- scale draw­ings and paint­ings, are drawn from pho­to­graphic ref­er­ences and ar­chi­tec­tural plans.

Us­ing graphite as a draw­ing tool, and acrylic paint as a means to ren­der large sec­tions of tonal colour that are washed across both can­vas and pa­per, Fe­lic­ity presents a se­ries of draw­ings de­pict­ing vir­tual places of var­i­ous scale.

The ti­tle ‘In Di­a­mond Val­ley’ is a ref­er­ence to the gated apart­ment com­plexes, spring­ing up all over her na­tive County Wick­low, where there is un­ease to their at­mos­phere of ru­ral re­treat.

‘Di­a­mond Val­ley’ is an ex­ist­ing hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, whose ti­tle in Clear’s own words; ‘in­tro­duces a ro­man­tic grandios­ity that I some­times find in the am­bi­tion of a plan or in the po­ten­tial of a plan.’

De­vi­at­ing from the start­ing point of real ur­ban land­scapes, the artist sub­tly ex­ag­ger­ates the strange, to ex­plore how space is ne­go­ti­ated and to tease out ques­tions of as­pi­ra­tion on fail­ure.

The works give the ap­pear­ance of float­ing blue­prints or drafts de­pict­ing de­tatched el­e­va­tions of nu­mer­ous phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ments.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from Oc­to­ber 2 to Novem­ber 1 and tick­ets are avail­able from the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

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