A KINVARA-BASED artist has launched a charitable initiative to support the work of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency fund, after her own experience of working with migrants.
Anne Korff, who has volunteered herself with refugees on the Greek island of Chios, is making a series of images available for sale, with proceeds going to the international medical charity.
Roses of Hope – Meditations is the name of six reproductions of Anne’s work, which are 25cm x 25cm in size, ring bound and with a hanging attachment, ready to display on a wall.
Proceeds from the sale of the book, which cost just €20 each, will go to the MSF emergency fund.
The series was created as a series of paintings during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Throughout the lockdown periods of solitude and isolation, Anne wanted to share her artwork as a way of providing support, inspiration and nourishment for the soul.
Each painting is a meditation using energy, colour and shape to bring hope and solace.
Roses of Hope focuses on the symbolism of the East and West, in the rose and star, love, loss, memory, peace and hope.
Irish Times art critic Aidan Dunne noted that Anne’s work is inspired by her experience working with migrants in the Mediterranean in recent years.
“Anne Korff’s paintings vividly reflect her experience of the refugee crisis,” he said. “In a space of what feels like infinite loss, flickers of hope appear.”
Anne studied Fine Art in Berlin. She came to Ireland in 1977 and in 1987, inspired by her passion for history and archaeology she set up her own publishing company, Tír Eolas.
Her publications include beautifully illustrated guides and maps of the Burren, south Galway, Lough Corrib, The Shannon Valley, as well as The Book of the Burren.
More information is available from Annekorff.com.