In My Halcyon Days, Norah Brennan is drawn back to the innocent days of childhood. Days of limitless possibilities free from the stress and worries that later life can bring. Days of seemingly endless summer without restrictions or inhibitions, without responsibilities and before the onset of that self-doubt that infects most artists once they decide to put themselves out there to be seen and judged by others.
About this work Norah said:
“Making this work could be said to be a form of mindfulness. In order to create as a child would, I had to empty my mind of all fears and doubts. Like in a lot of my work colour is paramount, something that resonates with children. My preference for abstraction allowed me to be freer in my compositions and working instinctively released my inner child whose creativity was bounded only by my adult artistic experience”
Norah Brennan is a visual artist who specialises in printmaking but also uses paint, collage and bookbinding in her practice. She makes abstract artworks for the joy of creating something that didn’t exist before. She puts herself into her works and tells a story of a life journey, of time passing and of changes that come. Memories, emotions, fears and expectations all are played out on paper and canvas.
Norah has had solo shows in Ireland and Northern Ireland, has been part of group shows internationally and has been selected for many juried exhibitions including the RDS Student Awards, Impressions Biennale, Cairde Visual, Legacy and Artists of Mayo
She has completed residencies in Wales and Kenya. Norah teaches art workshops, mainly in printmaking, bookbinding and painting from her own studio in Mayo where she lives and she is part of the vibrant Limerick Print Studio. Her work is part of both private and state collections and she also takes commissions