Felicity’s exhibition at Arts Centre
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.