‘The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living’
Marcus Tullio Cicero
When we lose someone we try to find ways to cope with the loss and to keep the person with us. Myth, memory, superstition, mementos, dreams, nostalgia, religion, prayers, traditions, ceremonies, heaven, angels, graves, rituals, keepsakes, snapshots, stories, beliefs, poetry, places, family, photographs, memorials. These are some of the ways that we try to keep our memories alive and our loved ones with us.
This series of artworks is the artist’s response to losing her father in 2016 and an exploration of some of the above themes. The paintings are oil on canvas and the smaller works are mixed media collage on wooden blocks.
Lorraine Lawlor lives and works in Dublin and has a degree in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology, now TU Dublin. ‘Into Memory’ is her third solo exhibition following ‘Dirty old Town’ in the Talbot 101 restaurant in 2004 and ‘Landscape, Interrupted’ in the Ivy House, Drumcondra in 2008. After a detour into children’s literature in 2013 she returned to painting in 2017 which has culminated in this collection of work.
She has also worked as a freelance workshop facilitator since graduating in 2002, and has been a regular workshop leader in the Chester Beatty Library for the last decade, designing and leading workshops based on the Museum’s collections. She also works part time as a library assistant in TU Dublin.