Garden as Gallery, Gallery as Garden | Joan Davis at The Courthouse Arts Centre


Garden as Gallery, Gallery as Garden | Joan Davis at The Courthouse Arts Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/09/2021 - 30/09/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 am

The Courthouse Arts Centre




Artist Joan Davis’ exhibition, entitled Gallery as Garden will run at the Courthouse from Culture Night on September 17th, 2021. Joan will give guided tours of her exhibition on opening Night at 6pm and 7.30pm. This promises to be an exhibition opening with a difference as Joan will turn the Courthouse into a garden; a garden unlike no other. Joan will give tours of her work alongside music and dance. Musician, Helen Arthur will provide the beautiful sounds and dancer/aerial artist Katie Joyce Holmes will perform on this evening of playful creativity. Joan will have guided toursduring the course of her exhibition on the following dates:

Saturday 18th, 11am and 2.30pm

Sunday 19th, 11am and 2.30pm

Saturday 25th,  11am and 2.30pm

Sunday 26th,  11am and 2.30pm

Joan will give tours of the exhibition on Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th at 11am and 2.30pm 

Booking is essential on  as places are limited. 

In a unique setting overlooking the Bray/Greystones cliff path, is a steeply terraced garden of approximately four acres. Family owned for over 50 years, the gardens have filled out with mature Cordyline trees, New Zealand flax’s, Fuchsias, giant Echiums and many more plants that can withstand a seaside environment. 

There is more than a sense of the surreal about the garden but also one of tranquillity, It is a wild garden; strange, quirky and fascinating. Not for the tidy person who likes things ship-shape and in ordered order.
Even more unique are the garden installations that have evolved over the past twenty five years. Joan Davis works directly with the elements in her artistic endeavours. Each year the storms change the installations and then in the spring, she goes out and works with those changes. Most of the installations are really wors in progress over the past twenty five years. 

Joan says, “I consider myself to be a work in progress. Coming from a dance background and getting older, as I step out of my dancing self, the garden becomes more inhabited by dancing figures and forms made of wood ash, rotted grass cuttings and peat briquette ash as well as anything bio-degradable from the garden. 

There are several themes that run through Garden as Gallery, one is the grounded body of form. I love working with bone, most of which has been collected on Wicklow hill walks. I love working with the opposite of that, formlessness or spirit.
Another related theme arises from my interest in Jewish Mysticism and the Hebrew alphabet, letters that are forms (like our bodies) through with the light shines. How do form and formlessness meet and embrace each other is an ongoing enquiry for me. Linked to this is my lifelong relationship with the faery world and the magic, madness and mischief therein. There is one corner of the garden that particularly sems to hold this energy. It is always in some chaos and there is a great sense of ongoing movement mischief there.”


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