KEYWORDS, a new exhibition by Anne Marie Morrin, opens at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Friday 9th November, 2018.
KEYWORDS comprises a series of drawings that reflect on the artist’s childhood recollections of school days in 1980s Ireland.
The drawings of familiar objects (a school desk, a blackboard, a school bag) are an interplay between image and text. Within the drawings, the white/black background evokes a sense of scale and tension. The purpose of the drawings is to extend the thought process by placing words and images into a relationship with each other, inevitably changing the meaning of both (Nodelman 1990), the word and image together become more than just the sum of their parts. The art works on display celebrate the visual learner and where possible the artist incorporates dyslexic friendly font.
The exhibition also has an interactive element to it. On display is an unfinished Alphabet where Anne Marie has requested that young artists attending the exhibition assist her in completing the work – there are blank notebooks for visitors to make their contribution, with the words H for Happiness, Q for Quiet, S for Scared – pencils provided for young artists to respond.
“The Alphabet drawings focus on feelings, emotions and moments that children may encounter within the primary school day. These drawings illustrate the unseen and use the interplay between word and image to make the invisible visible. Fostering empathy is important in social change and catering for the diverse needs (Social, emotional and educational) within our schools has become increasingly important. Parents, teachers and the wider community all need to assist children in developing empathy. The arts are a powerful tool for encouraging the use of empathy and self-regulation.”
KEYWORDS runs at the Children’s Gallery at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge from 9th November-22nd December, 2018. Admission free.
Anne Marie Morrin is orginally from Athy Co. Kildare and is living and working in Limerick city. Anne Marie is a lecturer in Visual Art Education in the Dept. of Arts Education and Physical Education in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. As a visual art researcher and teacher she is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to visual art education; educational environments as pedagogy; reflective journals as a tool in the classroom, a/r/t/ography and other forms of art based research.
Her art practice directly influences her practice as a teacher – and vice versa. Within this binary role, Anne Marie places the role of practice and enquiry central to the acquisition of knowledge and explores new technologies to provide and adapt unique teaching and learning experiences for all involved.