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A Sense of Place: Stop three, Ireland

I’ve been dragging my heels a bit with this part of the series. I’ve struggled with whether I’m to write about artists I know or not.  I also have to be careful; it would be easy to make this into a long, verbose essay; seeing as it’s about a place that is very definitely part of my multi-cultural history, but still interwoven into my present life. If South Africa is where I discovered my love of art, Ireland is where it was cemented into my personality forever. Back in 2002, I had been torn for a while about whether or not I wanted to pursue a career in Biology, until my Leaving Cert Bio teacher told my parents at a PT meeting that I was already in art college. In my head. The rebel teen takes the gibe, and runs with it…

Okay, so I decided to go with the people I know. Starting with some lovely photographs by Saibh Egan.

Silver strand, 2011

Saibh’s got a wonderful eye for composition, her colours often muted, creating quite dream like images. She works as a freelance photographer, having done some pretty amazing spreads for Irish magazines like Galway NOW, Reverie, Misfits, XO and the Irish Business post Magazine, among others, as well as doing model head shots and some studio work. I always get nostalgic (and a little homesick)  when she posts her beautiful images of Galway on her Facbook page. Kudos Saibh, I’m a fan.

You can check out Saibh’s webpage here, and tumblr here.

“Kate’s Escape” Sincerely Yours Magazine, January 2012

Black rock, April, 2011

My next artist, Cecilia Danell, originally from Sweden, is another adopted Galwegian. We went through art college at the same time, so it’s really great to see her doing so very well with her art (and winning so many well deserved awards!!) I’ve always been fascinated by her precise painterly technique, and the way she manages to marry light, Scandinavian looking images with the complex ideas of self and identity she explores in her painting, installations and videos. A woman after my own heart; she’s been exploring the impact place has on a person, and more recently, psychology and the ‘disengagement from the self’ with her solo show entitled “Secretly, we thirst for reality”.

You can read more about Cecilia’s fascinating art on her website here, and check out her Facebook page here.

Within Range, 2011

‘The Glowing’ Oil and acrylics on canvas, 152×152 cm

Solitude made easy, oil and acrylics on canvas, 122×152 cm

I sincerely hope neither of these lovely ladies mind that I didn’t ask for prior permission to use their images, but all of them do link directly back to either their websites or Facebook pages.


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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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