Sheila Richardson’s new exhibition at The Courthouse Gallery’s Red Couch Space draws on themes of thresholds, loss & solitude, relationships and location.
‘Green roads’, was the colloquial name for famine roads, built as relief projects in 19th Century Ireland, to allow those affected by hunger to earn money. Richardson draws on Anne Enright’s 2015 novel of the same name, set in the Burren and exploring the lives of a rural family, as well as her own psychogeographical experience of landscape.
Taking these points as metaphor for our journey through life, the artist undertakes annual walks through the Clare landscape, later making works she describes as, “[…] not souvenirs of this recreation but psychological moments of this experience transformed and intensified in painting language”
Sheila Richardson (MFA) is a visual artist and Art Psychotherapist (MA) based in Limerick. She is supported by the Limerick City & County Art’s Office with a studio fellowship at Cappamore Studios. Her artistic practice is concerned with the exploration of the visual language of painting and art-making as experience & praxis. More recently she has been researching the interface of Art & Psychology within visual art. This suite of paintings for the Courthouse exhibition in Ennistymon, 2018 typifies her current interest and ongoing research into painting as imaginal space concurrent with the painting process within a psychoanalytic framework.
Sheila lectures P/T on the Bachelor of Education, Visual Arts course at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She sits on the Arts & Health cluster at University of Limerick.
The artist wishes to thank Limerick Culture and Arts Department and Limerick City and County Council for their support in making these new works.