An intriguing new solo exhibition exploring the passing of time by Sligo-based visual artist, Stephanie McGowan, will open at Fort Dunree this weekend.
‘Afterlight’ will be showcased in the Saldanha Gallery, Artlink, from Saturday 25th March up until 23rd April. Admission is free.
The new exhibition encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture and installation – bringing together artworks created by Stephanie who is drawn to the meeting point of polarities – including life and death.
Stephanie McGowan (main pic) gained a distinction in her Fine Arts degree from the Sligo Institute of Technology in 2017 and was selected for the RDS Visual Art Awards. She completed a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, during which time she also took part in a ‘Tropical Lab’ residency in Singapore.
Stephanie has exhibited her artworks extensively throughout Ireland and internationally including: NOA (Lucerne, Switzerland), 126 Gallery (County Galway), Harbinger Project Space (Reykjavik, Iceland), ICA (Singapore), Mazda 2.5 (Leipzig, Germany) and The Old Biscuit Factory (London).
Stephanie says ‘Afterlight’ refers to the soft, diffuse light that remains after the sun has set, and can also mean a view of past events. Speaking ahead of her new solo exhibition at Artlink Fort Dunree.
“I chose to name my new exhibition ‘Afterlight’ as it can mean a view of past events,” she explains.
“Indeed, all of the works on show begin as photos and memories – so looking back on them and allowing these past moments to emerge in a new way becomes the ‘Afterlight’.
“Another meaning of the word refers to the light that is visible in the sky after sunset – the ‘afterglow’ – which I think is a rather beautiful description of the feeling and emotion that is felt when looking back on fond memories. These emotions both fuel and prompt my intuitive decision-making process when I’m thinking about the colours and composition within each of my works.”
Martha McCulloch, Artlink Project Co-ordinator added: “This exhibition follows on from the work we have been doing with Irish Hospice Foundation, creating spaces where people can feel safe to talk about loss. Visitors to Stephanie’s new exhibition will be moved by her use of immersive techniques to create a memorable and thought-provoking experience.”
The open event for the ‘Afterlight’ exhibition takes place at 2pm on Saturday 25th March and runs up until 23rd April with free admission daily from 10:30am-4:30pm.
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