Irene serves up art with a message
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.