April 29th- May 26th
by actress Vanessa Earl
on Friday April 29th at 8 pm
In the middle of the room a large rectangle upholstered in red velvet is hanging. It has a hole in it which you can stick your head into, and a painting on the other side, like at a seaside photo booth. Opposite hangs a mirror in which you can see yourself transformed...
The female nude is a familiar figure in art history. In fact, she is the subject of the oldest representational art that we have: some figurines have been dated at up to 200,000 years old. But how many of these images actually describe real women?
Drawing from her experiences in pregnancy and motherhood, and by referencing and manipulating images from art history, Vicky Lennie explores this genre from different viewpoints, using media ranging from drawing and painting to installation and stuffed fabric sculpture. By the use of means such as touch and mirrors, the viewer is no longer a detached observer, but becomes a part of the artworks themselves.
Vicky Lennie was born and raised in Edinburgh and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1993. She moved to the west of Ireland in 1996, and helped to establish the Doolin Artists group who held several successful exhibitions. Vicky now works from her studio at the Blue Frog Café and Arts Venue, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, where she also teaches life drawing and programmes arts events and exhibitions for the venue. She has exhibited in various Irish galleries and Arts Centres, including the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick and the Dept. of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands in Dublin.