Mags Geaney’s new series of paintings – Penumbra – explores the recognition of gesture and the art of ‘giving face’. Her working process extracts images with recognisably refined and practiced style poses from mass media streams. Through this practice, she is drawn to image-captured body signals that are heightened by performance and direction. She then subverts the visual language that these images are constructed through, renewing these found subjects through empathic connection, black humour, and rebellious play. Geaney’s paintings interrogate how we are seduced by images, while also amplifying and transforming established acts into affective and dislocating moments. Through her treatment of images, she has created singular portraits in paint that address emotions that lie just beneath the surface.
Exhibitions include: Tu Me Manques, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, (2015); Imago MundI – Lucianno Benetton Collection, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin, (2016); CREATE at Brown Thomas Cork, (2011), Backwater Twenty 10, Crawford Art Gallery, (2010); Straylight/ Darklight Festival (2009), Dublin; Fruit cakes and Furry collars, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, (2009).
Geaney has work in various collections including: Bank of Ireland Collection, Lithuania Art Museum and private collections in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and USA. She lives and works in Cork.
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