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Kathleen Mullaniff curates Skyline
until 7 August

Kathleen Mullaniff curates Skyline

Sinéid Codd, Kathleen Mullaniff, Eugene Palmer, Charlotte Snook

Until 7 August.

Kathleen Mullaniff, Senior Lecturer BA Fine Art, curates the exhibition Skyline.

Skyline brings together four artists who balance meaning and beauty in equal regard throughout their works. The spirit of skyline lies in a sense of striving towards something, a look beyond the horizon or surface. It is not enough for works to seduce (although they do); these works hold both an ease of aesthetic appreciation and the depths of personal and cultural exploration.

Sinéid Codd began with a ‘mothership’ object and, with it, has created a new world. Her career-long love of history, archaeology, collecting, and assemblage culminates in recreated relationships. Codd herself expressed her process and work as ‘a dialogue between the literal and the imaginative.’ There is a request for interaction, and we are asked to explore the installed works, their materiality giving way to our own imagination.

Kathleen Mullaniff’s relationship to both lace and craft continues in this exhibition. The detailed surfaces layer the handmade, a meditative present, and cultural history; these works convey a sense of time.  The drawings are, according to Mullaniff, ‘like sewing, its like a re-making of the actions’ used to create delicate lace. In the act of mark making, drawings evolve and the seams of their creation are exposed. 

Eugene Palmer’s lush and generous way with paint is becoming, by his own admission, deliberately tighter. For those looking beyond the deftly handled surfaces, identity and perception are undercurrents running through Palmer’s paintings. Palmer’s new work was conceived as a counterpoint to the mainstream media’s cultivation/representation of otherness. These elegant portraits are being shown here for the first time.

Charlotte Snook, embracing a ‘quick’ way of working, presents new images that have been made from a place of personal history/memory as well as a place of letting go. Infantas mutate, men run both away from and towards their own mortality, and Goya’s eloquent violence forms an undercurrent, allowing altered visual planes and emotional landscapes to edge towards the borders of consciousness.

Layered meaning and personal connection unifies this show - each artist’s work stands alone, visually potent and decidedly skilled. The compelling journeys that each artist shares here do not travel in isolation. We are rewarded by their relationships to each other.