Votives | Susan Mannion at Leitrim Sculpture Centre


Votives | Susan Mannion at Leitrim Sculpture Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 13/05/2022 - 02/06/2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Leitrim Sculpture Centre





Exhibition Residency 2022



Exhibition Opening May 13 2022 and closes 2nd June

Gallery open times Tuesday – Saturday 11am-4pm


Mannion’s work both embraces the tradition of enamelling, and also seeks to push the boundaries of this medium, experimenting by using multiple plates, three-dimensional forms, layering of colour and the use of natural found materials. In her most recent work Mannion explores human relationships with water and how it has changed through different historical periods to the present day.  The Keshcarrigan drinking cup, a votive offering found near the edge of Lough Marrave, Co. Leitrim, was the inspiration for this exhibition.  Votives were gifts offered to deities for benefits already conferred or in anticipation of future divine favours. Or, they could be offered to propitiate the gods for crimes involving blood-guilt, impiety, or the breach of religious customs. Travelling from Lough Marrave in south Leitrim, to holy wells, along rivers and beside lakes, finally to the sea in the north of the County Mannion photographed metalwork associated with these waterways and collected objects from the shorelines. The found objects were incorporated into the exhibition artworks; the grit and sand from the shorelines was used for printmaking to give texture; the glass and stones are part of the enamel installation and she experimented with adding sand to the enamel powders. The resultant work in this exhibition is therefore a record of these journeys through the County, tracing the waterways, but also reflecting on the symbolic charge of objects placed by people as offerings or votives to the water deities.


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