Exhibition Opening: Friday 14 September at 6:30pm.
The Presentation Arts Centre presents a body of work by Wexford born artist Kate Tyrrell. This is Kate’s first solo exhibition of work and is honoured to be presented during the 67th Annual Wexford Opera Festival.
Kate has been a practising craftswoman for over a decade and has been creating work in her seaside studio on the Wexford cost during that time. Her work with found objects, in particular organic materials, has blurred the line between craft and visual art many times over and has come to fruition in showcasing her work in Found. Kate spends her time collecting, organising and processing materials much like a compulsion, in order to create her work. Her process is guided and has roots in her home by the sea, to which she remains connected.
Her collection of work takes on a therapeutic nature and is noted in the form of her pieces that each item is handled with care and chosen with a careful consideration. This process of collecting, taking home, being with these items, gives her work an unusual familiar, almost historic quality. The way in which each item is brought into her home and entered into a somewhat industrial curing process before use, is shown in the organic nature of her work. Kate’s process and method of creation is habitual, reminiscent of the collecting habits of an animal preparing for winter. The pieces created, although changeable over time, are created with honesty and every intent of longevity forming an instinctual connection with the natural materials in Kate’s work.