"Carraige na Farraige"

An Exhibition of Sculptures by Helen O' Connell



 

 

From Tuesday 23rd April to Sunday 5th May 2013


Wicklow based stone sculptor Helen O’Connell exhibits a body of work inspired by the sea. Using stone such as Iranian and Italian travertine, Portuguese marble and Killkenny limestone she celebrates the various ways in which powerful aquatic forces create a beautiful underwater world and ‘sculpt’ the stone they interact with. The sculptures range from recognizably maritime subjects such as corals, to more abstract studies of marine life.


‘The sculptural formations found in coastlines eroded by the sea and the panoply of organic life forms to be found underwater from radiolara to corals and seaweeds all inform these sculptures. While acknowledging mother nature as the finest sculptor, my work aims to celebrate the materiality of the stones themselves and pay homage to the ever present consolation of the sea - a repository for so many of our dreams and longings…’


This is Helen O’Connell’s second solo show. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. Her work has been collected by Bono, Anne Madden and the HSE among many private collectors. She has received Arts Council and Crafts Council awards and in 2006 was listed in Whyte’s ‘Buyers guide to Irish Art’ as ‘one to look out for’. She works from her Wicklow studio at home and D15 studios.


Opening Reception: Thursday 25th April 7-9pm