ARTIST Pauline Goggin may have recently left Clare, her home for 30 years but that doesn’t mean she has forgotten the county.
Pauline lived and pained in Aherina, Kilmore for 30 years and much of the inspiration for the work in her new show, which opened in Cork this month, comes from her experiences of living and working in Clare.
She has recently returned to live in her native Limerick and the theme of ‘return’ permeates her new exhibition, A Fool’s Dance, which is currently on display in The Cork Vision Centre.
She has returned to the large drawings she first showed in Dublin in 1990 and these and other pieces have been incorporated with new works from 2009. The effect is an exciting and thought-provoking visual experience.
A small video piece is built in to a three-dimensional painting, with music, entitled, A Fool’s Dance, homage to Aherina, County Clare.
Her return to drawing following travels last year to Ennistymon for life drawing sessions at The Courthouse Gallery have informed new works.
A sculptural installation is suspended above the model of Cork city, in reference to the artist’s memories of stays with aunts in Cork as a young child.
Pauline’s work has its foundation in the female and feminine, which has been a recurring theme throughout her life. An interest in the roles and positions of women and of the creative matrix that is the female body has continued to engage her.
Her last Ennis exhibition was in the De Valera Library, in 2007. Those works were inspired when travelling through Spain and other countries while living on a boat between 2000 and 2006.
The exhibition continues until September 26.