Virtual Opening on Saturday May 29th at 7pm
Chrysalis will be on show at the Presentation Arts Centre galleries from Saturday 29th May
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The Presentation Arts Centre is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Eva O’Donovan. For this collection of portraits, Eva continues her distinctive oil on vintage fabric style, this time working with live models. She remains focused on the essence of femininity, but for this collection celebrates and explores a broader conception of the term. In an attempt to redress the lack of visibility of those identifying as transfeminine in the visual arts and portraiture in particular, the artist collaborated with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to find subjects for the Chrysalis series. The artist and sitters aim to promote positive visibility and the rights of trans people (and their families) by presenting a collection of powerful portraits featuring members of the transfeminine and broader TENI community.
O’Donovan has worked closely with the participants featured in the paintings and their input has been key to the success of the project. Working from styled photographs and fabrics, they made key choices during the process and had final approval on the resulting canvasses. Much time was spent developing relationships before any work commenced. ‘This project has taken almost a year to put together and it has been a year of great growth and fun’ says O’Donovan.
The transgender community (through TENI) is a broad church and a highly inclusive one, catholic in the truest sense; representing trans men, trans women, cross dressers, people who identify as non-binary, gender queer or anywhere within the trans community spectrum.