"As a commercial artist designing products for retail store windows and interior displays, trade show booths and special events, I worked with many different materials to create three-dimensional objects. When I retired and started working with clay, I realized that clay was an exciting and wonderfully tactile material which I had to explore in depth.
I’m intrigued with the concept that the artist’s hand can manipulate clay into a work of art which expresses an emotion, tells a story, can be functional or is purely visually appealing. At times, the clay seems to have a life of its own as it leads me, morphing from one form and concept to another. On other occasions, I can envision the completed piece before even touching the clay.
Inspired by Nature, my work reflects the unlimited variety of textures, patterns, and energy I find in my natural surroundings. Texture and the tactile sense have always been an important part of my work. I hand build with clay slabs, coils, and extruded shapes and use various clay bodies, firing processes, glazes and cold finishes for making different forms and surface textures.
I enjoy creating artworks which not only express my love of Nature, but which also allow me to bring the essence of the outdoors into interior spaces.” Kathy Pallie
Martha Cashman, Miranda Daly & Angie Shanahan Exhibition - West Cork Arts Centre
Martha Cashman, Miranda Daly & Angie Shanahan - A Different Dimension, West Cork Arts Centre 26 November, 2011 - 14 January, 2012
Martha Cashman, ceramic artist; Miranda Daly, film-maker and Angie Shanahan, painter present an exhibition exploring a narrative of the former Wolfe’s Bakery in Skibbereen, West Cork.
The artists are interested in the transition from one state of being to another and in conveying a sense of past human activity and industrial output associated with this building. Wolfe’s Bakery is the site for the planned new building for West Cork Arts Centre.
The artists will present a Talk in the Gallery on Thursday 12 January 2012 at 1.30pm, and Inma Pavon, dancer, will present a performance in response to the work in the gallery on: Saturday, 14 January at 3.00 pm.
Project Description - Wolfe’s Bakery:
"A disused industrial building in the centre of Skibbereen town - formerly Wolfe’s Bakery - destined for demolition. Due to be rebuilt as the new West Cork Art Centre."
Miranda Daly, film maker and employee in the West Cork Art Centre approached Martha Cashman, ceramic artist and me Angie Shanahan, painter, with the initial concept. The concept; to encompass through three distinct disciplines within the arts, ceramics, film and painting a unique exhibition which will capture the essence and deliver the narrative of the former Wolfe’s Bakery.
As artists, all three of us are interested in the archival documentation of transition from one state of being to another. This element of change is especially appealing when it contains an architectural and historical nuance conveying a sense of past human activity and industrial output. We believe the former Wolfe’s Bakery in the centre of Skibbereen town perfectly encapsulates these elements. Fundraising for the new West Cork Art Centre has become a dynamic force within the town and beyond and is an exciting prospect. Our aim is to create a similar dynamic force and form discursive interaction between us as artists and the people of the West Cork peninsula. A parallel symmetry between what was, and what will be. Through our proposed exhibition with catalogue, we would like to prepare a visual narrative of the life of this old Bakery before its demolition. Allied with the verbal expressions of interest we have received from people in the business community towards this project, we believe the participation of The Arts Council through the awarding of an essential grant will help us to prepare and present an exciting exhibition in the latter part of 2011.
Artists interpretation of the living world in Sculpture, Painting & Installation.
The wild life of wildlife. A flower growing through the crack in the pavement, the ivy scaling the fascia of a building, camouflaging, cloaking, pulling it to the ground, the tree growing around a concrete pillar, engulfing it slowly, morphing year on year. The birds nest in the rafters of a roof, made up of twigs and plastic ties, the nested young being fed the preservative pumped, calorie powered garbage bin rewards. These are glimpses of wildlife interacting, adjusting, adapting to the environment that we’ve created, over, around, on top of it, the once green meadow now a sea of steel work, glass and poured concrete, trees confined to their architect planned and perfectly aligned boxes. But our wild life, this wildlife is playing a slow game, a slow deathly dance between the static, lifeless concrete structures we’ve built and the unstoppable force of nature. Adapt or be adapted, adjust or be adjusted, remember me? I was here before you, I’ve always been here, you need me, I am life. Is mother nature reclaiming our temporary oasis or is it adapting to the obstacles that we’ve put in its way or are we now having to listen to the reminder that this place is not ours, we are simply borrowing it?
Confirmed Artists: Josie Morway (Painter) Rose Sanderson (Painter) Jennifer Murphy (Collage) Kelly Allen - (Painter) D*Face (Mixed media) Dan Witz (Mixed media) Jake Wood Evans (Painter) Roxanne Jackson (Sculptor) Kelly McCallum (Sculptor) Jessica Joslin (Sculptor) Kai & Sunny (Mixed media) Katja Holtz (Painter) Renhui Zhao (Mixed Media)
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life. If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. - Charles Lindbergh
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