12 to 31 October 2017
Angela Burchill has been a member of Cúig studio artists since 2008. The evidence of the hand is of primary importance to Angela’s practice – this working out of marks operates in a manner akin to a signature. She embraces a range of subjects, developing a unique, direct approach to art making. Over the last number of years she has been working primarily with pastel pencils on paper and treated wood.
A previous series of large-scale works tackled religious iconography, creating a modern and highly personal perspective on an ancient theme. More recently, Angela has engaged with celebrity and mass media culture in a very personal, idiosyncratic portrait series of “Kind People”, often mediated through a TV screen. These portraits operate in a manner that will be familiar to anyone who visited Irish Catholic homes in the 1960s and 70s, where the trinity of Jesus, the Pope, and JFK were the most popular images. This melding of religious iconography and celebrity culture is exploited beautifully here- the sweetness that the title suggests, coexisting with a subversive and humorous treatment.