Elegy / Sheila Naughton and Rural Shame / Lorraine Cleary at Custom House Studios Gallery,
Sheila Naughton and Lorraine Cleary exhibit together at Custom House Studios Gallery.
Words written by poets have a way of lingering in the mind and touching the heart.
The words of this poem were written long before climate change and the threat of extinction were issues of global concern. Rather than being a harbinger of an unforeseen future, the poem was a reflection on the passing of time and, by implication, life. Pearse recognised that transience was at the heart of nature and that we too are transient.
“Elegy” takes as its theme this sense of things that we are familiar with becoming things that are fleeting, things that will change and pass.
A native of Dublin, Sheila Naughton is an Honours graduate of NCAD and Ecole Cantonale des Beaux Arts et d’Arts Appliquees, Lausanne, Switzerland. Having worked in industry and education for over twenty five years, Sheila is now working as a full-time artist.
Rural Shame / Lorraine Cleary
Her pieces become hybrid objects through their mish mash of domestic memoirs that transcend into the surrounding space. Their painted surfaces are unfinished; exposed; interrupted and allude to a hypocrisy hidden beneath a falsehood of perfection.
Diegesis is commonly defined in film and literature as the telling of a story by a narrator, a summarization of the plot, it is the environment in which those narrated themes are played out. Cleary’s practice employs this theory in the creation of work that challenges the viewer’s perception by alluding to the untold stories hidden within the domestic sphere.
Lorraine Cleary is a part-time tutor with the Learning Support Unit in Limerick School of Art & Design and a volunteer with Adapt House Women’s Refuge in Limerick. An experimental artist working primarily with sculptural installations in pursuance of the creation of mini environments centered around the domestic landscape.