Emerging North Clare artist, Sadhbh Gaston, will unveil her very first solo exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon later this week.
The Kilnaboy artist will display a series of works which explore themes around agricultural and food production on the Red Couch Space of the gallery from January 19.
Using mixed media including screen prints, stitching and embroidery, her artistic approach involves careful planning and precise execution to make works that scrutinise contemporary and ancient aspects of clothing and food.
Her series Grain 1-4, was commissioned by Teagasc for CERERE, an EU initiative investigating the role of heritage grins in modern society. With these pieces she examined the lack of information we have on these grains, breaking down expanded images of grains no longer commonly grown, including Donegal oat and rye, into 3D pixels cross stitched onto linen.
The exhibition will be opened by Áine Macken Walsh of Teagasc.
Originally from Kilnaboy, Sadhbh is currently living and working in Cork. A member of Sample Studios, she initially studied International Development and Food Policy at University College Cork, before switching to Contemporary Applied Art at CCAD.
Growing up in the Burren she fostered an interest in agriculture and the politics of production, informing her research into globalisation and its relationship to rural life.
As part of the exhibition she will also host ‘Fix That Thing’ a mending and embellishment workshop at the gallery.
Meanwhile, a new exhibition by Cléa van der Grijn entitled ‘JUMP’ will also open at the Courthouse Gallery on January 19.
JUMP is a newly commissioned body of work about understanding the rational, social and emotional circumstances constructed around time and memory. The exhibition consists of a series of new paintings by the artist as well as an ambitious film work written and directed by van der Grijn and created with collaborators Joseph P Hunt, Michael Cummins and Ciaran Carty.
Both exhibitions will run at the Courthouse Gallery until February 23.