Pictured: The winner of the Merrion Plinth Award 2022, Susan Mannion for her enamel work “Liminal Space”. And Judges: Lochlann Quinn, Chairman, The Merrion hotel, Patrick Murphy, Director, RHA, Oonagh Young, Director, Oonagh Young Gallery. Image copyright: Naoise Culhane Photography.
Susan Mannion has been announced as the winner of the 2nd Merrion Plinth Award. Mannion is the second successful artist of this biennial contemporary art prize which was established in 2019 to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Merrion Hotel. This prize aims to directly support contemporary artists with a prize fund of €5,000, and the winning work will be on view in the hotel for two years amongst its significant collection of late 19th century and early 20th century Irish and European Art.
The title of Susan’s artwork, Liminal Space, can be seen in the Merrion’s glass link which occupies a position at a boundary or threshold between important areas which guests transition through. The jewel like colours of the enamel enhance the garden experience and the glass like qualities of the enamel surface are in keeping with the glass of this linking corridor.
This unique artwork piece consists of a steel panel onto which a skin of vitreous enamel at 950 degrees in a kiln has been applied. Susan has taken inspiration from the gardens beyond the glass corridor where the artwork is displayed. The location allows for the natural sunlight that enters this space to draw out the qualities of the glass of the enamel.
Susan, was presented with the prize of €5,000 by Mr Lochlann Quinn, Chairman of the Merrion at a reception in the hotel.