Irene serves up art with a mes­sage

Wexford People - - NEWS -

Irene Plazewska, a Ki­lanerin-based artist has had one of her pieces ‘Tur­tle Soup’ in­stalled at The Sculp­ture in Con­text 2018 ex­hi­bi­tion in the Botanic Gar­dens in Glas­nevin, Dublin which will run un­til Oc­to­ber 19.

It’s the sec­ond time that Irene has had work se­lected for the pres­ti­gious na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion. Two of her pieces were also fea­tured in 2016.

This year’s piece has a strong Wex­ford con­nec­tion as the artist beach­combed plas­tic ma­te­ri­als from Kilpatrick Strand near Castle­town dur­ing the month of Fe­bru­ary. The tur­tle’s shell and plinth is made from plas­tics and flot­sam found there.

It’s a top­i­cal com­ment on the en­vi­ron­ment and the neg­a­tive ef­fect that the modern pro­fil­er­a­tion of plas­tic is hav­ing on ma­rine life.

Irene has been a prac­tis­ing artist for over 35 years work­ing in mixed me­dia in­clud­ing paint, ce­ramic, con­crete, wood metal and print hav­ing stud­ied at the Chicago Art In­sti­tute and the Na­tional Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Dublin. She has ex­hib­ited in the US, Aus­tralia, Canada and Ire­land.

She works in her own stu­dio near Ki­lanerin. She is also a com­mu­nity artist, cur­rently work­ing with a Syr­ian fam­ily in Gorey. She pre­vi­ously worked with the Women’s Group ‘Late Bloomers’ in Cool­gre­any.

The Sculp­ture in Con­text ex­hi­bi­tion was founded in 1985 to raise the pro­file of sculp­ture and pro­vide a plat­form for artists out­side of the usual gallery space. It has been held in the Botanic Gar­dens since 2002.

Tur­tle Soup by Irene Plazewska.

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