(dis)attachments // The Hyde Bridge Gallery
21st May – 11th June 2022 | Gallery hours / Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
(dis)attachments, an exhibition by Sorcha McNamara, brings together a body of work made over the course of the past two and a quarter years, traversing the locations of Mayo, Lisbon and Barcelona, but rooted in ambiguity, mystery, and a sense of placelessness.
The works in question take the form of abstract paintings, made on or with found or reclaimed materials, positioned in the space between intention and improvisation. Many of these works are being exhibited in Ireland here for the first time, occupying and interrogating the space of the gallery to further explore their sensual, playful and formal qualities.
With the installation of these works, the artist attempts to draw the viewers’ attention to unique architectural nuances within each room of the gallery; to take note of how things are positioned; to consider how certain fragments keep reappearing in various forms, like conversational ticks; and to absorb the full spectrum of colour and light at play within the space as a whole.
Sorcha McNamara is a visual artist based in Mayo. She holds a BA in Fine Art – Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2019, her works have been exhibited in Ireland, and internationally, in London, Lisbon and Tokyo. Her practice crosses the disciplines and sensibilities of painting, sculpture and installation, and is grounded in meditations on materiality, rhythm and painterly form. She is the recent recipient of a Mayo Artist Bursary Award. In 2021, she received an Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to further develop her practice. Recent residencies include Joya AiR, Almeria (2022), Tangent Projects, Barcelona (2021) and PADA Studios, Lisbon (2020). She was recently awarded a solo exhibition at Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, as part of the gallery’s READYMADE initiative.
This exhibition is kindly supported by Mayo County Council Arts Office.