From the outset, Carmel Benson's work has engaged with themes of childhood. In the forthcoming exhibition she further extends the exploration by using personal and familial photographic records and recollections as a source.
Through the media of drawing, painting and printmaking she engages with and transforms this material, often overlaying and embedding images with sections of key doctrinal texts which informed and pervaded the belief systems of the society of her childhood. Added to this new imagery, the exhibition draws incongruent elements of existing work, e.g. the birth/Sheelagh-na-gig/matriarch stream and images of emersion in nature and identification with animals. This combines to bring us a highly personal exhibition of intense perception and originality.
Opening on July 17th at 6pm, all welcome.