Pauline gets to ‘The Heart of the Matter’
ARKLOW artist Pauline Merry’s latest exhibition ‘The Heart of the Matter’ opens at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely on Sunday, October 21, running until December 6.
Fifteen of Merry’s newest works will be showcased with quotes selected by Linda Quigley
Using many processes, making mixed media works her continuously evolving art form can be seen in a small way to be contributing to breaking down the elitism of the traditional hierarchical barrier between Fine Art and Craft.
Merry says, ‘A practical approach, a dualistic-based thinking is vital for our daily survival. However, is it inadequate to deal with the deeper more subtle questions of Love, Suffering, Self-sacrificing and other ways of knowing well recognised in psychology and in most art since the dawn of history?’
Merry has looked to Ukrainian-born French artist Sonia Delaunay, who she says was ‘always redefining what art is’.
‘She made cushions and dresses, and incorporated needlework into her art. She was explorative and experimental moving with ease across different media. She broke down barriers, defied boxes that defined styles. Her vast spectrum of work extends to printing, fashion, textile, set design and stage sets, and ceramics for architectural buildings. She thought like a woman, and have dignity to the missing voice in most of our received History of Art, written by male critiques for male artists. I like her because she validates my own restless experimentation, my female intuition and other ways of knowing,’ she says.
The exhibition launch runs from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free.
‘Poised’ by Pauline Merry.