'Absence, Heart, Fonder'
An Exhibition of Paintings by Aoife Hand
From Tuesday 30th March to Sunday 11th April 2010
Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present this series of work by artist Aoife Hand. Aoife graduated from IADT with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and has since been dedicated to improving her skills as a painter. She fuses traditional approaches with modern techniques, using digital cameras to obtain her source images before creating the paintings with oils on canvas.
Aoife is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, a philosophy concerned with impermanence and asymmetry. She seeks beauty in the imperfect: her dual aims are both to contemplate on the universality of the human form and to pay homage to the uniqueness of the individual.
By illuminating sections of the body in otherwise total darkness, she imbues each part with an elevated importance. The resulting aspects are neither the most nor the least beautiful; they are perfect in their humanity, being both distinct unto themselves and sharing commonality with all humans. The creation of these images has allowed the artist to meditate on the perfection that already exists in nature, even in perceived flaws.
Aoife has been shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Awards 2010. Her painting, Hide and Seek, will be exhibited with the other selected works in the Naughton Gallery, Belfast in February, and at Farmleigh House, Dublin, in May.
Opening Reception: Thursday 1st April 7-9pm