Visual Arts May 2017 Exhibition
by Saffron Marriott and Daniel Forrest Smith
Both are experienced artists in their own field, Saffron's paintings are inspired by the artistic scene around Cornwall where she spent much of her childhood, while Daniel works mainly with Acrylics, he also occasionally makes some sculptures from twisted wire, cloth and clock pieces which sometimes serve as references for his paintings The artist currently lives and studies in Cork for a BA Honours degree in Fine Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design. While Saffron studied at the Dun Laoire College of Art and Design where she learned draughtsmanship and design.
Life is a brief flame that flickers against the inevitable darkness it seeks to illuminate until it eventually and inevitably is extinguished . The artwork deals with concepts of life and death, inevitability and meaning. The materials used to create these works is as important as the subject matter; the acrylic paint being a fluid entity that's destiny is manipulated by the stroke of the brush, only to dry and become lost in a canvas full of equally dry and inanimate brushstrokes. Overall, the work is both alien and human, unknown and familiar, exploring its themes by following the experiences of the mechanicals artificial creatures portrayed in these paintings. These creatures blindly stumble through their unknown world, where often the only thing they can be sure exists is themselves.
Exhibition runs for May during Theatre opening hours