F Live delighted to welcome the first exhibition of its kind of the largest collection of Sculptures in one Gallery by Helen Merrigan Colfer.
“As an artist who has prosopagnosia or face blindness I suppose it isn’t too hard to understand why I am driven by my emotional reaction to self identity. How we see ourselves, how we fit or don’t fit in to our surroundings. How our environment imprints itself upon us, be it our family home, country of origin or the land that surrounds us. I live & work on the tip of the Hook Head Peninsula almost within the shadow of the Hook Lighthouse. I have seen first hand how the ocean, gales & driving rain pounds & reshapes our coastal rock. I believe that we too are pounded & reshaped by our immediate environment & most especially by the people who surround us while we are young & impressionable.
Our early emotional, psychological & physical experiences can have long reaching affects for good or bad. How we present ourselves to others is dependent on how we feel about ourselves in our own mind. Our place of origin or the people we are surrounded by can alter our sense of belonging, self identity & self belief, if it is negative we can react differently to those who seem to have only experiences of being loved, protected & valued. We preform daily, put on costumes, hide behind masks, fearing that we don’t belong. Constantly in a state of flux.
We punish ourselves because we feel judged by society & found wanting. We feel unarmed, unable to physically alter our state of mind & incapable of simply accepting our state of just being. Many of us submerge ourselves in nature because nature doesn’t judge, if you give love you will receive love, it is a haven, open, honest & totally accepting. With nature you don’t have to pretend to be something else although often you might wish to become something else.
My sculptures are fragments of a much larger mind scape, giving a visual language allowing people to start conversations or even superimpose their own narrative.”