This body of work was developed during the summer of 2018 and first presented at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin in October 2018. It was an installation of 64 lengths of painted rice paper which almost overwhelmed the gallery space. There was also a series of small watercolour paintings on Arches paper.
It was a meditation on the effects of Climate Breakdown, reflecting in particular, on the significance of trees. The idea was to bring a ‘forest experience’ into the gallery space. This exhibition was reviewed by Aidan Dunne, art critic with the Irish Times. You can read the review here. (It’s the second part of the article.)
Below are some of the watercolour studies from the exhibition.
Trees are a link between the past, the present and the future. Their majestic stature, their long lifespan and their familiarity give them a monument-like quality but they also have a special aura that is difficult to define. Research has shown that within minutes of being surrounded by trees, our blood pressure drops, our heart rate slows and stress levels begin to reduce.
However, the extreme weather events that are happening because of Climate change are devastating our countryside and simply cannot be ignored any longer.