The Arklow Visual Arts Gallery, 61-63 Main Street Y14 N7F9, will launch Layers, an exhibition of paintings by Michelle Harton from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday 15th October 2019 and runs until 25th October Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm.
Michelle Harton is an artist from Cavan that works mainly in acrylic and water-soluble pastel.
“That which can’t be seen haunts and intrigues me. I try to make some sense of it through painting and researching but it only digs a bigger hole into the abyss of esotericism for me. The idea of control is also present in my work; who is controlling us, spiritually, politically, emotionally, with my regular conclusion being that the only person stifling us is ourselves.
I am also very interested in bringing stories, legends and folklore from the past to the forefront to be remembered by those who knew them and forgot and so they are passed on to the future generation. For me, art is created by the viewer, their connection with the piece.
The person who looks at a piece of art connects the dots themselves even if those dots might signify more mystery that they need to ponder on. I like the mystery of art. No two people look at it the same. Your personal experiences and memory will give you a totally different connection with a painting regardless of whether the style is realism or abstract. For example, one person might look at a painting of a cottage in the countryside and just think it’s a traditional twee type painting that doesn’t make them feel anything, for someone else that painting could bring up wonderful childhood memories of the freedom and happy memories of living in a little cottage in the countryside, for someone else this little cottage could be their goal in life, for them to have it on their wall it’s like a vision board for the future. This is what I love about art.
We can never fully know the full extent of how someone is connecting with a painting inside. And the same can be said about the artist, we can never fully know what the artist was thinking when they painted it and for me, I feel like I have to just let the painting flow through me without questioning it too much. I have to follow where it takes me and that’s where I get most of the excitement, through the process.” – Harton
Layers, an exhibition of paintings by Michelle Harton, runs at The Arklow Visual Arts Gallery from October 15th – October 25th 2019. Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further information please contact the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org 089 4248376 Facebook & Instagram