Along the Western Shore/i Gcladach an Iarthair | Denis O’Connor at Doswell Gallery, Roscarbery


Along the Western Shore/i Gcladach an Iarthair | Denis O'Connor at Doswell Gallery, Roscarbery Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/11/2018 - 02/12/2018

Doswell Gallery





For over 30 year Denis has cycled, walked and kayaked around and in the area of the Mizen and Beara Pennisula’s. Spending a large portion of his life between these two markers it is a given that Denis has applied his visual sensibility to particular areas. Though primarily a sculptor Denis has drawn, photographed and created video work of such areas here in West Cork, this process ultimately forms his 3 dimensional work.

I gcladach an Iarthair is an extension of this ongoing narrative which Denis has formed between his work and the greater West Cork environment. The gallery will include a selection of Denis’ sculptural work which he has been making in response to experience’s and visual meanderings of his time here “Along the Western Shore”.

Denis describes the physical structuring of the landscape as an influence to his work. Mentioning the perspective of the landscape as seen from his kayak, low down in the water, he describes the experience as one that is not a traditional view of the landscape, “the view reveals different land formations and structures such as sea caves, undercut cliffs, natural arches, blowholes, sea stacks.”. These are features which he then translates through the process of making his sculptures.  On the land Denis’ interest lies in the narrative created from traceries of derelict farm houses,  monastic sites, famine ridges the destruction of ancient field patterns and landmarks. His work, in essence brings to the fore his impression of both the topographic features he encounters whilst considering it’s human influence and story.


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