Presentation Centre hosting Eilish’s ‘Somewhere to Live’
THE CONCEPT of movement in a personal and political sense is explored by artist Eilish McCann in an exhibition of printwork called Somewhere to Live which was officially opened in the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, last weekend by the writer Peter Murphy.
Eilish, who was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017, attempts to highlight the struggles and hardships that come with voluntary or involuntary immigration in contrast to the excitement of travel and adventure.
Eilish is a painter and printmaker originally from Co. Cavan now living in Enniscorthy.
She graduated with a BA from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1995 and completed her education with a diploma in Art and Design from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in 2001.
Her work was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2017 and is currently on show in the National Gallery until February 25 of this year.
She makes drawings, prints and paintings, examining figures, landscapes and scenes and although she uses a variety of media, she has concentrated on prints for Somewhere to Live, which touches on the search for a physical and psychic ‘home’ and the subjects of migration and exploration.
The exhibition will continue until March 9.
LEFT: Emily Lacey, Theresa Hanton and Betty Galvin. BELOW: Three of Breda’s photos Eilish McCann
Refugees monoprint by Eilish McCann