Tinahely notes February 2

40 English Miles by Joan Sugrue
Exhibition opens Sunday 8th February 4-6 pm

Our first art exhibition of the year is of works by Irish artist Joan Sugrue.

Her work for this exhibition was made following on from studies into the history of County Wicklow and Tinahely in particular. Sources were drawn from a range of material including emigration manifests, Coolattin estate books, press clippings, census records and donated photographs. ‘40 English Miles’ refers to the length of County Wicklow as described in Samuel Lewis’ “A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland” from 1837.

 

Joan Sugrue’s practice is based around image making and looking. The cultures which produced the historical illustrations, photographs and texts from which she works provide a starting point for the work. Appropriating images and writing which were products of a specific geographical and historical time and place, her work follows specific lines of enquiry which are often linked to real persons and places. Source material is dissected and reassembled continuously.
Her work for this exhibition was made following on from studies into the history of County Wicklow and Tinahely in particular. Sources were drawn from a range of material including emigration manifests, Coolattin estate books, press clippings, census records and donated photographs. ‘40 English Miles’ refers to the length of County Wicklow as described in Samuel Lewis’ “A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland” from 1837. However the paintings that emerge are not descriptive nor are they realistic. During the process of painting the act of searching is given precedence over finding.
Joan Sugrue is a visual artist based in Galway. She graduated from GMIT with a first class honours degree in Fine Art in 2011. Painting forms the basis of her practice. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Exhibition runs until Fri 6th March.

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