Sunday 19 January 2020

Artist's intimate portrait

In the guesthouse of my mind by Bernadette Kiely.
In the guesthouse of my mind by Bernadette Kiely.

Maria Pepper

A new exhibition by the artist Bernadette Kiely called '...tell me about your mother...' at the Kamera 8 gallery in Rowe Street, Wexford is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life.

An intimate collection of smaller works including drawings, paintings, photographs and poetry with reference objects, it was launched by the independent curator Eamonn Maxwell last Thursday and will continue at the gallery until April 13.

A publication accompanying the exhibition was designed by Tim Harper and includes an essay by the arts writer and features editor @Visual Artists Ireland, Joanne Laws.

The exhibition is a tribute to Bernadette's mother and marks the passing of her parents in the form of an intimate portrait illustrated by images of the life they both led and the sorrow that the artist feels about their absence. Four years after her mother's death, the pain is still strong.

Born in Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary Bernadette graduated from the College of Art and Design at Waterford Institute of Technology with a distinction in Graphic Design and worked in graphic design and architecture in New York and London.

She later attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London and since 1992 has been working in her studio beside the River Nore in Thomastown. She is represented by the Taylor galleries in Dublin.

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