Ser­ena Colfer is all at sea in Kil­more Quay

Wexford People - - NEWS -

AN EX­HI­BI­TION of new work by the Wex­ford artist Ser­ena Colfer, pic­tured be­low right, will open this Fri­day evening, November 17, at 7 p.m. in Coast, Kil­more Quay. and will con­tinue un­til the end of De­cem­ber. The guest speaker will be the well-known en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Jim Hurley.

Coast­lines is an ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired mostly by the artist’s prox­im­ity to Bal­ly­healy beach along with her for­ays fur­ther afield such as fly­ing a glider over Kil­more Quay and Cul­len­stown and an artist res­i­dency in Cill Rialaig in Kerry.

‘As I am in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of liv­ing and work­ing on the Wex­ford coast, I am in­ter­ested in en­gag­ing with the land­scape, which is in a con­stant flux,’ said Ser­ena in a ref­er­ence to the se­ri­ous coastal ero­sion from Bal­ly­healy to Ki­more Quay.

‘Coast­lines’ con­tains paint­ings, draw­ings and stud­ies made over a pe­riod span­ning five years.

‘I ex­plore and re­spond to stim­uli in the land­scape, and each new en­gage­ment leads to a new un­der­stand­ing of my habi­tat, made clearer by the process of ren­der­ing it vis­ual,’ said the artist.

The larger land­scapes are skil­fully and painstak­ingly ar­ranged, with the eye drawn to rhyth­mic con­tours; there is a shift­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween land­scape and the sea with the lat­ter be­ing more pos­ses­sive. As well as us­ing tra­di­tional oil paint, Ser­ena made her own ma­te­ri­als from col­lected drift­wood, earth and sand, to cre­ate images that in­cor­po­rate all these el­e­ments, trans­form­ing the vis­ual, the spa­tial and the tem­po­ral.

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