Both Adrian and Elisabeth’s practices create poetic narratives from every day experiences and objects giving them a quality that clings to the memory allowing their work to spill over the bounds of the gallery, to be activated and enjoyed again by the day to day act of living. Between the Woods and the Water explores these traces and fragments that remain in the memory and their capacity to affect a whole landscape or thought process.
In Adrian Williams’ conceptually narrative work, explorations of spaces both literal and fictional are presented as performance, intervention, and film in a form of expanded writing. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she lives and works in Frankfurt. Elisabeth S Clark’s art practice explores the topography of language, of time, of sound and thought. Through a slightness of touch, Clark carefully interweaves what is already ‘there’, to accentuate, isolate and question the ephemeral, integral and changing qualities of ‘being’.
Between the Woods and the Water is the first partnership between The Courthouse Arts Centre (Tinahely) and Mermaid Arts Centre (Bray) with support from the Wicklow County Council Arts Office and the Arts Council of Ireland. Between the 6 and 12 of September, Adrian Williams, Elizabeth S Clark and David Upton took up residence at The Courthouse Arts Centre and worked site specifically in the village with students from Kilcommon National School.