Gaíon Kilmacreehy by Matthew Mitchell


Gaíon Kilmacreehy by Matthew Mitchell. 2020. 50 cm x 50 cm. Clay/material from Kilmacreehy and material from a turf fire with enamel on board. Gaíon is the Irish for subsoil.

Matthew Mitchell’s work draws inspiration from the unique landscape of the Burren, County Clare where geological memory is scratched and etched onto the grey limestone. The Burren has an otherworldly appearance, where cracks in the limestone terraces, the result of erosion, have led to the area frequently referred to as a lunar landscape. A glimpse skyward and a satellite track’s across the night sky, or the light of a radio mast shine’s in the distance.

Using clays and stone from the area Mitchell expresses this mysterious landscape, marking his work with lines similar to those seen in the limestone. Curved lunar forms resonate and enamel dots flicker as light moves across the work, hinting at the unseen world of the digital age. This is a beautiful interplay of past and present, where time exists in primeval form and material both organic and inorganic. The enamel is at once part of the whole and yet distinct inviting a separate narrative.

Although these works are not intended as part of the discussion on Climate Change, but drawing so much from our natural world, time running concurrently with primeval and digital you can’t help but experience the fragility of our planet.

Weight4 kg
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