Whether you have five minutes or an hour to spare, call in and relax and enjoy our exhibition. Our current exhibition is by artist Deridre Carr.
Clare Arts Office are proud to present ‘’ Momoiro’’ a visceral and thought provoking visual art exhibition and collection of poems by artist & poet Deirdre Carr.
‘’Momoiro’’ will be launched consecutively in both the Clare Museum in Ennis and at Cultúrlann Sweeney Gallery in Kilkee. Each venue will present a specific integrative element of the artist’s collection of work.
Within ‘’ Momoiro’’ the artist explores her own personal experience of breast cancer through illustrative tropes, symbols and metaphors. “Momoiro” is a Japanese term that sums up the essence of “pink” – the blush of an early summer sunset; the fragile blossoms of the cherry tree; the tentative first lipstick stolen from our granny’s handbags. This is no Barbie pink, no shocks here to make the boys wink, no neon pulsation thrumming down city streets at the first sign of sunshine. Rather it whispers of fragility and elusiveness, grace and pulchritude and is devoid of the frivolous qualities of its Western connotations.
Carr has long been fascinated with Japan, its history and culture and she mines it’s tropes to chart her journey through the unknown territories of breast cancer. This is not however a literal transcription or travelogue. Never having been to Japan Carr presents us with a territory of her imagination, her paintings are often palimpsests where scenes of gentle bathhouses are overlaid with the harsh reality of hospital rooms. The violence of the attack on her body by disease and chemical treatments is offset with the use of a colour the viewer more generally associates with softness and delicacy. This is reinforced by her often visceral treatment of the figure and the heavy impasto of many of the works. Deirdre Carr has exhibited and read her work nationally and internationally and her paintings are in several private collections.
The exhibition runs from 04th October to the 26th October.
The exhibition will be open to the public during library opening hours. Mon and Wed 1.30 – 5.30pm and 6 – 8pm. Tues, Thurs and Friday 10.30am – 1.30pm and 2 – 5pm