“I’d hope my sculptures have a very spiritual feel to them as I use a lot of my Grandfathers religious trinkets in them. I have wings on them as I see them as ‘saviours’ or ‘angels’. The derelict house of building could be the harshness of life but there is hope in the end!….always trying to break free from it.
Not that I am a religious person but I do ‘talk’ or ‘Pray’ to my Grandfathers spirit.” – Daithi Magner.
Daithi Magner’s artwork takes a critical view of social and cultural issues of rural Ireland. Often referencing Irish history and religion, Magner’s work explores the varying relationships between modern living and rural attitudes both past and present.
While Magner uses a variety of materials and processes in each artwork his methodology is consistent. He uses old and found materials usually from the now derelict buildings of his family’s farm along with trinkets that his Grandparents collected all their lives.
Magner’s work is influenced by rural poets, such as Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh. Like Kavanagh, he has a love/hate relationship with both the land and attitudes of the rural community.
Magner’s use the house/building backdrop to make his art familiar with the viewer and then bring their minds on a journey into the surreal. During research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work.