'Spontaneous Order '

A Multi-Discipline Group Exhibition
Laura McNamee's image Kim Murphy's image Maggie Cashman's image

From Tuesday 8th November to Sunday 20th November 2011

Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present new work by ten female artists who have joined in Spontaneous Order to highlight their combined knowledge and skill in Irish craft.

Pulsing through the veins of the nation of Ireland is a desire for the handcrafted. Our ancestors were surrounded by such items. Articles of function, form and decoration were skilfully constructed by hand - from the intricately carved eighteenth century Penal crosses to lofty tables and chairs. The contemporary work of the artists and craftspeople in Spontaneous Order was made with the same sensitivity and attention to detail as an Irish craftsperson would have used centuries ago. Each represented artist in the exhibition shows supreme respect for her medium and this is expressed in the quality of the pieces in the exhibition.

Emma Bourke crafts spectacularly intricate flame-worked glass sculptures based on her extensive research of wild Irish flora. Sharing Bourke's sensibilities to the natural world is Sabrina Meyns. She creates transient jewellery and sculptural pieces using handmade paper and precious metals, crossing boundaries between these two materials by combining them in innovative ways. Fiona Byrne's work in glass investigates personal relationships. Drawing on as many aspects of life as possible, she illustrates how our place within social structures plays a large role in our self image. Memories form the focus of Kim Murphy's ceramic work. Her pieces are meticulously hand carved and high fired giving a translucent effect.

Mark-making in glass is at the core of Maggie Cashman's practice. By layering and fusing mixed media inclusions she makes large panels for architectural use and a range of vessels for interiors. Paula Ilecka creates sleek, contemporary ceramics. Her pieces are inspired by architectural details, like Gothic and Celtic ornaments, especially the decorative motif placed in tracery called 'fish bladder'. Emer Lynch also uses mark-making to accomplish her compositions in glass, on paper and through a lens. Her work summarises her emotional, intellectual and artistic responses to her environment. Liza McGowan is constantly expanding her knowledge of metals. Her work is based on natural and abstract forms, but preserves ornamental aesthetics.

Laura McNamara's work is also a combination – in her case her interests in both ceramics and biology are investigated in a curious way through hand-built sculptural forms in porcelain clay. Experimentation and the experience of the working process are also at the heart of Adele Stanley's practice. She looks at everyday objects, mass produced images and the spaces they occupy and after interrogation, seeks to find new ways to represent these.



Peer Group Talk: Thursday 18th November 3:30pm–5pm

Opening Reception: Thursday 10th November 7-9pm