Tribes and Tribulations | Helen Merrigan Colfer at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

Tribes and Tribulations | Helen Merrigan Colfer at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart


03/10/2020 - 14/11/2020    


Flowerfield Arts Centre
185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart , BT55 7HU

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We are delighted to present Tribes and Tribulations, a solo exhibition by Helen Merrigan Colfer. The exhibition occupies our ground floor galleries but launches virtually on Saturday 3 October at 12noon with the artist in conversation with Noelle McAlinden live streamed on our Facebook page.

Tribes and Tribulations continues until Saturday 14 November.

Helen Merrgian Colfer is an an award winning Irish Artist living along the southeastern Wexford coastline on the tip of the Hook Head Peninsula. Her studio is located almost within the shadow of the Hook Head Light Houst, one of the oldest working light houses in Europe.

Her work is predominantly sculpture, preferring the slow almost meditative pace which allows the work to evolve organically from itʼs initial concept to final completion. She allows herself to be open to changes influenced by fluctuating mood & atmosphere as this is all part of the natural process, to ebb & flow, embrace change & grow.

Her sculptures are detailed, precise & elegant, attempting to unify nature &humanity. They encompass an extensive combination of media & engage a wide range of skill sets & traditional techniques.

Helenʼs resin sculptures are hand built one off pieces that are individually hand modelled over steel armatures using a slow precise building process engaging both additive & reductive techniques. Once a piece is ins its final stage a range of decorative media such as handmade oil paints. enamels & 23 carat gold leaf is applied to the surface for embellishment before being sealed & embedded into its polished granite base.

A select range of Helenʼs sculptures are available in bronze, usually in limited editions of 6, 9 or 15 which are cast in an Irish foundry using the lost wax technique. Each bronze piece is hand finished & further embellished personally by the artist herself using a range of enamels & finishes so that within each limited edition every individual piece is in itself also unique.

Alongside her sculptures in bronze and resin, Helen is also presenting audio-visual work, including her most recent ‘Covid Diaries’ created during lockdown.

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