Pauline gets to ‘The Heart of the Mat­ter’

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

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.

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