Ormond Studios is pleased to present 'Thinking About Blue Almonds', a short series of events involving artist dialogues, an exhibition, a film screening and a musical performance that revolve around different meanings and interpretations of the colour blue; melancholy, water, infinity, distance, night time etc. The title is taken from the Polish phrase for day dreaming, 'myśleć o niebieskich migdałach', which translates as 'think of blue almonds'. This lyrical turn of phrase speaks to the creative potential inherent in the act of idle thinking; that porous mental space where relations are created and expanded, where things, concepts and ideas overflow the confines of their conventional parameters and are free to commingle and rub up against one another in odd, thought-provoking and compelling ways.
On April 10th, Ormond Studios has invited artists Emma Finucane and Saidhbhin Gibson to discuss their respective practices. This event is free but ticketed. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/artists-talks-emma-finucane-and-saidhbhin-gibson-tickets-44758533980
Emma Finucane develops artwork through dialogue, process based, participatory and collaborative practice. A founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co.Wicklow Emma completed a BFA (1997) and MFA (2006) at the NCAD. She has been commissioned and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and Kildare County Councils. Her work has been shown in nationally and internationally and can be found in many private and public collections including: OPW, AIB, DIT, and UCD. Conference presentations: Art&Health, The Model Sligo (2017); Motherhood&Creative Practice, London Southbank University (2015) Emma initiated an interdisciplinary research project in UCD School of Nursing and Midwifery (2014) presented in a solo exhibition Mermaid Arts Centre (2017)
Gibson is a graduate of NCAD, Dublin (MFA, honours, Fine Art, 2016) and D.I.T. Mountjoy Square, Dublin (BA, honours, Fine Art, 2000). Gibson’s work explores the framing of the non-human world for and by contemporary society. She employs multifarious methods of production whereby the ‘hand’ is at the core of the manufacture of the work. Gibson has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows including 'Bristle - Hair and Hegemony' Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2017), 'Loping Towards Darkness' VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art (solo, 2017), 'Make it OK' touring to seven UK venues (2015-17), RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin (2016) and 'Natura natura' (solo) concurrently at The Lab, Dublin and National History Museum, Dublin (2014). This year she will travel to Arizona to participate on an international artist residency as awarded by ArtLinks - Kilkenny Arts Office.
Cover photo images:
Left: Emma Finucane, 'Pelvis', installation, Exhibition View: Mermaid Arts Centre, 2017/18
Right: Saidhbhín Gibson, 'Peripheries' - detail 1