The aquarium is excited to introduce two new wonderful artists for the May exhibition.
Trying to encompass many different media in our art displays, we are proud to display the beautiful ceramics of Rebecca Philbin. Rebecca is an Irish sculptural ceramicist from Co.Galway, with a B.A. Hons Degree in Fine Art. She is interested in natural order and the fragile balance of nature.
“I draw inspiration from the fact that it is innately human to question our existence and explore our environment, looking for existential truths in the natural shapes and patterns that surround us”, she says.
Everything that exists has its place from the macroscopic to the microscopic in an ancient harmony. Rebecca is especially interested in objects and patterns not usually seen by the naked eye and likes to bring those images to the forefront in her work. Her works draw attention to the small essence of life. Her focus lies on the patterns undiscernible to the naked eye, yet essential to life on earth: cells, microbes and diatoms. Without the smaller, the larger cannot exist. Rebecca’s focus is on showing the connection of all things.
Rebecca can be found on Instagram @rebeccasphotosartandceramics
Carmel Madigan is one of the two artists. She has been a professional Clare based artist for over twenty years. She grew up on the Loophead Peninsula, just a field away from the iconic and well known Bridges of Ross on the Wild Atlantic Way. She has painted ocean topics since the beginning of her artistic career, and her work straddles mixed media on both paper and canvas. Her work is an expression of her experiences around nature, and she has written two natural history books on the seashore and wild flora. She has exhibited in New York, Barcelona and Florence. Her work has dispersed around the world to the USA, Canada, Germany, UK, Spain, Switzerland as well as the island of Ireland.
Her work is held in many public collections including the Office of Public Works, Departments of Education and Defence, Bank of Ireland, Waterford Municipal Art Collection, Dromoland Castle Hotel & Spa Collection and many more. You can read the full artist biography at www.carmeltmadigan.com
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