Date(s) - 26/08/2019 - 24/09/2019
Allihies Copper Mines Museum
Born in the farmlands of Iowa, United States, Margaret Dukeman loves the wide open spaces and strong blowing winds. She studied art at Iowa State University and earned a BFA in graphic design. She owned a graphic design business for fifteen years while painting on the side. In 2010, she returned to her passion of painting full-time. She brings her love for the land to her works through landscapes. She is drawn to oils-due to their closeness with nature, slow-drying period, strong colors and longevity. Margaret has presented solo exhibitions in the States and Ireland. Her work hangs in private collections in England, Norway, Holland, Ireland and the United States.
Margaret Dukeman’s solo exhibition, “Voices of the Land” features work in the representational and post-impressionistic style. Her works are a visual display of natures most beautiful songs. She spends many hours sitting, listening and observing the land around her, whether that be on the side of a mountain or by the sea. She says that nature has a lot to share with us if we would simply still our selves and listen. The explosion of colors in the hedgerows and down the sides of the mountains are like large crescendos in a symphony. The never-ending winding roads are like jigs making their way through the valleys and around the rivers and streams.
Noticing the everyday and ordinary is something Margaret enjoys while driving the backroads – the simple two-track “roads” with grass down the center. Her favorite parts of Ireland are the slower more intentional way of life and the people that live it. The roadside tells stories through its flowers, ruins, animals and dynamic bursts of colors! Slowing down is the only way to hear the stories that the roadside has to tell. The backroads also remind her of the simpler days when her Grandparents walked these roads all those years ago.
Margaret’s passion and appreciation for the land is brought to these creations through generations of farmers as far back as her Great Great Great Grandparents John and Margaret Shea. John was a miner in Allihies before emigrating to the United States in the 1840’s. In the U.S., he mined for a short period before purchasing beautiful black farm land in Northern Illinois where he and Margaret settled. As a monument to their Irish determination and grit, the home they built still stands 170 years later. Their sacrifices are not lost on the generations of family that follow.