Exhibition Opening 7pm on Friday 6th March 2020 in Galway Arts Centre
Exhibition runs until Friday 3rd April 2020
Artists: Hazel Egan, Nicola Gunwhy, Olivia Normile
Curated by: Rita McMahon
‘Liminal Entities’ is an exhibition curated by Rita McMahon featuring the work of artists Hazel Egan, Nicola Gunwhy and Olivia Normile.
Through subtle observations and creation of installation, sound and moving image this show will explore quiet tensions through solid yet delicate forms. Boundaries of bodies, objects and ideas confronted in a manner which allows us to question the realities of what we think we know. The work of these artists will challenge the banality of the seemingly every day and change our perspectives on what is beyond sight. Vulnerability and fragility in both tangible and imaginary ways displayed by this work will aim to shed light on concepts which can often pass us by.
Hazel Egan is a Dublin based artist from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. She graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2014 with a Bachelor in Fine Art Printmaking and Contemporary Practice (First Class Honours). She is currently a member of the Black Church Print Studios (Dublin), Artlinks (Donegal), and an associate member of the artist-led Ormond Studios (Dublin).
Egan has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She works predominantly with drawing, printmaking, and installation. Egan’s work attempts to translate everyday intangible ideas and encounters into solid yet delicate form. Responding to environment, material and a personal position in the world, she explore spatial and ontological concerns through a meditative, reticent economy of means. Endeavouring to record time and to capture the quiet tensions and harmonies that occur in nature. Existing somewhere between a science experiment and a spiritual ritual, the work hovers between coming into being and coming undone.
Nicola Gunwhy’s work is primarily focused on corporeality and identity, with pertinent issues including ownership of power and the political implications of illness, vulnerability and precarity. Her practice is informed by consideration of the historic and social construction of diagnoses; ownership of medical information; equitable access to care and bodily autonomy. She is interested in how our identity positions us in the world. Her approach is transdisciplinary and draws upon personal and professional experiences of illness and health care provision. She holds an MA in Creative Practice and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. The solo exhibition, Can we ever really see each other? was presented by Galway International Arts Festival and Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, 2017. The work focuses on bodies, boundaries, interdependence and individualism. Both in broad terms of the individual within societal structures but also in parallel with individual entities on a corporeal level. Contrary to the belief that we exist as disparate entities defined by the boundary line of the cell, organ, body - cells mutate, organs traverse, fluids defy containment, transgress boundaries. Bodies transmute and bodies spill.
Olivia Normile uses her practice to negotiate the space between image, object and idea and the possibilities to speculate beyond them. Content is collected through a variety of experiments, projects and quests. She considers nature, time, and chance her collaborators and believes in the universal and transformative power of play. A recent graduate of The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dublin, Olivia received Ormond Art Studios’ 2018 Graduate Award, she completed a residency with The Burren College of Art as an Emerging Irish Artist Awardee, and recently a residency at St. Patrick’s Lodge with Dublin City Arts Office.
Rita McMahon is an emerging curator and visual artist with a BA in Fine Art Printmaking and Contemporary Practice from Limerick School of Art & Design. Currently holding position as Programme Coordinator at Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Formerly Chairperson of the board of directors of 126 Artist- Run Gallery. Rita has over 4 years experience working in arts administration and the visual arts in Galway, Limerick and across Ireland.
Image Credit: Olivia Normile