Art in­spired by the for­est

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

‘DEEP in the Dark, Dark For­est’, a pho­tog­ra­phy and soft sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion, opens at the Court­house Arts Cen­tre on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 5.

Car­low res­i­dent and artist He­len Rob­bins will bring her lat­est work to the Court­house Arts Cen­tre this Oc­to­ber.

She stud­ied Fine Art, Print­mak­ing and Art Ther­apy in the United King­dom and moved here in 2000.

Her work is in­formed by the time­less themes and shad­owy visual im­agery found in fairy­tales. In these sto­ries, ‘The For­est’ lies be­yond the bounds of the fa­mil­iar world. ‘The For­est’ episode is re­ferred to only briefly even though it is likely to be the most sig­nif­i­cant part of the story; the de­par­ture from the known into the un­known. It is a place of fragility and won­der – but also a place of fear, dark­ness, alone-ness.

He­len said, ‘A pro­found sense of loss has grown in me while en­gag­ing in this work as nat­u­ral forests con­tinue to be de­stroyed. My fo­cus is shift­ing to my un­born great grand­daugh­ter. I feel a deep sad­ness when I think of her. I want to give her back her nat­u­ral forests.’

‘My most press­ing work is to try to pre­serve the mem­ory of these life-giv­ing places, their ex­tra­or­di­nary beauty, mys­tery and vi­brancy, and their cen­tral­ity in our fu­ture sur­vival. I am gath­er­ing im­ages of wild places; record­ing what may be lost. I have started to grow oaks for her, watch­ing my newly planted acorns as they start to emerge; tiny, frag­ile, beau­ti­ful, their de­tail only vis­i­ble through my cam­era lens,‘ she added.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues un­til Fri­day, Novem­ber 1.

From He­len Rob­bins new ex­hi­bi­tion.

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