Abbeyleix


 

 

THE GALLERY @ ABBEYLEIX LIBRARY

proudly present

Monica O’Meara

‘Unfurled’
An exhibition of Ceramic Art

‘‘An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study
there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.”
John Ruskin

I feel deeply connected to untamed landscapes prevalent in the Irish uplands and coast –
the physical marks, exposed rocks, cracks and folds, contrasting colours and textures that
evidence their creation. My work explores geology and the concept of time, investigating the notion of capturing and accelerating unfathomable time through ceramic processes. Ceramic construction
methods and materials echo the brute natural forces intrinsic to the formation of
geological strata and their subsequent breakdown and exposure through erosion –
crushing, crashing, scorching, rupturing and shattering. My approach of using layers to emphasise on a micro level to convey what is evident in the natural world on a macro level has resonances with the passing of time in the life of humankind. ‘Unfurled’ explores our responses to both time and nature in the rapidly changing times we presently find ourselves.

Monica O’ Meara
October 2021

Monica is a Midlands based Visual Artist whose practice now concentrates on ceramics
creating unique abstract sculptures. Monica is a multi-award-winning graduate of LSAD
Limerick, following completion of Level 5 & Level 6 in Abbeyleix FEC. Her work is held in
both public, corporate and private collections in both Ireland and overseas. She has
exhibited widely in both solo and selected group exhibitions.

The exhibition will run at The Gallery in Abbeyleix Library for the month of October

email: abbeyleix@laoiscoco.ie  

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