20 May to 24 June
Sinead O’Connell brings new ceramic works to The Courthouse, where she exhibited frequently in the past. The title her new ‘mini’ exhibition comes from a Sufi quote she came across many years ago:
‘Between right and wrong there is a field, I’ll meet you there’
She explains, “Sometimes it says garden but I settled on field because it relates perfectly to growing up and living in Ireland. In using the house as a strong image I also explore the age of the building itself. This house, our house, held people, stories happening many times over before my family moved in. The house itself is a being. It’s bright, it’s dark, it’s cold and damp, it’s warm and cosy. It was too small and then when the children left, too big. This house and its constant need for care came to me to represent my family, my parents and their need for care.
To watch a family member see their mortality is a hard thing. The relationship changes dramatically for one and subtly for the other. Restraint, regrets, remorse, frustration and pity are kept hidden to co-exist. This series of works are a way of viewing my family story. Also the history there that predates my part in this family. There’s no real need to know or understand the actions taken. Going back through the family history I have had to realise there is no proper ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ but there is this field and that is where we are.”