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Burren College of Art - Exhibition

Beyond Brushstrokes: Between Matter and Memory

Curated by Sara Foust


Mary Fahy | Sara Foust | Kaye Maahs

Matthew Mitchell | Gerry O’Mahony 

Marianne Potterton | Trudi Van Der Elsen


Burren College of Art | Ballyvaughan | Co Clare

Exhibition dates: May 30, 2024 – June 28, 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 30, 2024 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm

Burren College of Art warmly welcomes you to join us for the Opening Reception of “Beyond Brushstrokes: Between Matter and Memory,” on Thursday, May 30th, from 6-8pm.  The exhibition is curated by Sara Foust, and presents an engaging new movement of painters emerging in rural Co Clare.

This exhibition, featuring artists: Matthew Mitchell, Kaye Maahs, Sara Foust, Trudi Van Der Elsen, Marianne Potterton, Gerry O’Mahony, and Mary Fahy, explores the evolving landscape of painting, where traditional techniques meet innovative expressions. 

The featured work showcases a departure from conventional painting, embracing experimental mark-making that captures both the physical and emotional landscapes. Each artist brings a unique approach: from Matthew Mitchell’s clay paint that mirrors the geological forms of Clare, to Trudi Van Der Elsen’s electric waterscapes, that are each evolving the expectations of the form and shaping it in unique ways.

Sara Foust, both curator and featured artist, emphasizes the physical in painting, exploring the depth and movement of the medium: “This exhibition is about the physical act of making marks in painting, from subtle techniques like scumbling to more dynamic methods like flicking or flinging paint. It’s fascinating to see how each artist’s gestural movements create a record of their creative process.”

The exhibition invites viewers to experience the intricate dance between the physicality of art (the matter) and its ability to convey and evoke psychological, emotional, and historical narratives (the memory).

Further info:
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Image:Sarah Foust, In Search of Time, 61x`83cm
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