Cahir Arts invites you to the opening of “Girl, Woman, Mother”, an exhibition by Jen Donnery.
International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March from 6.30 pm.
“It does not seem unlikely that the woman potter moulded, not simply vessels, but images of herself, the vessel of life, the transformer of blood into life and milk – that in so doing she was expressing, celebrating, and giving concrete form to her experience as a creative being possessed of indispensable powers.” (Adrienne Rich)
I make work about women because I am one. My identity as a mother is a constant in my work, as is the strength of a woman’s body. The challenges of maintaining an artistic practice while mothering are as significant today as they have ever been, and it makes sense to me that this should inform what I make.
The earliest ceramic sculptures and depictions of women are thought to have been made by women, and my paintings, vessels and sculptures are a return to work about women, made by women.
The relationship between a woman’s body as a source of creation and the women as makers of objects continues to interest me.
Traditional subject matter and materials reference our foremothers while celebrating the female form with a contemporary approach.