'Present Past'

An Exhibition by Hilary Orpen
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From Tuesday 14th October to Sunday 26th October 2008


Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present this exhibition by Hilary Orpen.  Hilary's work is about footprints; the footprints of people, communities and cultures.  It is also about metamorphosis and change.  It concerns the way history is constantly being rewritten, how place, memory and changing circumstances affect our view of the past.


The work for this exhibition is inspired by two uninhabited islands off the North Mayo coast.  Apart from the savage beauty of the place, and the richness of animal and bird life, the islands lay claim to a surprising and colourful past.  Not so long ago life off the west coast involved piracy, idolatry and an almost total disregard for the forces of law or church.


'Looking closely at a community', she says 'even today, you see unexpected connections with the past. Land, place, history, myth and culture collide constantly with an emerging present and often the combination brings about surprising and worthwhile results. Now, as Ireland moves towards a multi-cultural identity, it is a particularly rich time.'


Hilary worked as a television presenter and producer before becoming a full time artist.  She studied at UCD, NCAD and at the Academia di Belli Arte in Bologna. This exhibition of oil paintings focuses on the wild landscapes and on the animal and bird life of the west. Her work is included in a number of private and corporate collections including that of Axa Insurance, Impact Trades Union, the OPW, The Beacon Hospital, and various Government Departments.


Opening Reception: Thursday 16th October 7-9pm