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Courthouse Surrenders to creative life

Surrender, an exhibition of new works by artist Pauline Goggin was officially opened at the Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon recently and will continue to exhibit there until July 30.
The word surrender can be interpreted as an expression of defeat or generosity, a declaration or a gift, a relinquishing of something, yielding to a strong influence or simply giving up the fight and in these works the artist explores her interest in the practice of daily surrender to the creative life.
Reminiscent of Tibetan prayer flags, her images of arms being blown in the wind can be seen as surrender to the creative spirit.
According to the artist, “Implicit in the embroidered arms is a daily acceptance and a willingness to live life in all its shades, stitch by stitch, moment by moment, day by day”.
Pauline Goggin’s practice has included keeping daily journals over the last 30 years. In the textile works, these have been a rich source of text. The text, in itself, does not seek to tell a story, the embroidered words, having been selected at random from the pages of her journals. They are, however, illustrative of a commitment to a life lived in a daily spirit of curiosity and reflective enquiry.
Prints, sculpture and a new piece of animation explore the theme of Surrender in the intimate Red Couch Space at The Courthouse Gallery, in Ennistymon.

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