Creating something more meaningful
Every two months photographic artist Pauline Neilson installs a new exhibition on the walls of Yellow House coffee bar in Dublin St.
Pauline’s work has been exhibited in such places as New York and Sydney and she has had offers to exhibit her work in London, Paris and Toronto — but that’s not what she really wants.
“It’s about creating something that’s meaningful to me, sharing it and connecting with people.”
It was after that realisation that she approached Yellow House, made the arrangement and started putting her work and that of other artists in the cafe.
The exhibition styles have evolved, and she has introduced guest artists and tried new ways to present art in the social setting.
“I had a poet friend and she writes beautiful poetry. So I contacted nine photographers and flicked them one of her poems asking them to send back the image that comes out of it for them. So we did about three of those.
“I love the layers of meaning
. . . then you, as the viewer, are yet another layer, because you look at those other interpretations then you make your story.”
Such exhibitions she puts on Youtube and send them out into the world.
Her latest exhibition is very different, being a collaborative exhibition based on the stories told over a cup of tea — conversations with people important to the writer/artist. The stories have come from people far away and close to home.
“The response from people all around the world, some of whom I didn’t even know . . . just random contact, and some were friends of friends.” Some were very near to her.
Pauline was impressed with the enthusiasm of the contributors and the calibre of the stories.
Each writer was also asked to send a picture that somehow represented the story or conversation, whether it be the teapot and cups or something less obvious.
“It’s honouring the words, how they’ve been written and the intent with which they’ve been written, and then they’ve travelled all the way here . . . people need to see them and enjoy them.”
A statement accompanies the exhibition and includes this explanation: “This exhibition shares the threads between people that show how we need to talk with other people and treasure their words. Taking the time to read and consider the layers of meaning in each story gives the viewer a chance to feel in their own heart similar conversations they have had or more importantly the conversations that they need to have.”
The project has been six or seven months from conception to exhibition and Pauline has created a book on it.
■ opens in Yellow House from November 1.
PAULINE Neilson presents