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The Art of a Good Saturday

The Art of a Good Saturday

‘Time is a jet plane. It moves too fast…’ Bob Dylan is singing on the radio as I drive in my car. ‘It certainly does!’ I silently remark to myself while I try to remember how long I’ve been making this journey from Dublin to…

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The Idea of Iceland

The Idea of Iceland

I have a love for islands and even stronger love for volcanoes. I don’t know where this fascination comes from but it’s there and therefore it must be dealt with. So when two years ago fellow artist Barbara O’Meara asked if I would join her…

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  • Artwork by Jole Bortoli

    Artwork by Jole Bortoli

  • Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

    Artwork by Barbara O'Meara

Ratljóst – Enough light to navigate by

Ratljóst is an exhibition of work by artists Barbara O’Meara and Jole Bortoli produced last November during a month-long residency in Laugarvatn, a village some 70km from Reykjavik, Iceland. The show marks the collaboration between two artists who, over four weeks time, with just enough…

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SUMMER REFLECTIONS

SUMMER REFLECTIONS

Summer is over and what a busy summer it was! The projects I have been involved in, the places I visited and the people I met seem now very distant but the experiences are still very fresh. One particular project – Artist in Action –…

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I’VE BEEN AN ARTIST ALL  MY LIFE

I’VE BEEN AN ARTIST ALL MY LIFE

“I’ve been an artist all my life” said the ten year old girl when I complimented her on the painting she’s just finished during the “Face to Face” portraits programme at The Ark, a cultural centre for children in the heart of Dublin. Over three…

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ESCAPISM

ESCAPISM

1st February 2017 I have been drawing maps lately. Sitting at my desk with a blank page in front of me I close my eyes for a moment and then I start. Using fine point black pens I work from memory mostly connecting with pictures…

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FULL IMMERSION

FULL IMMERSION

It’s 6,30am and I’m already at my desk working. It’s pitch-dark outside and it will be another three to four hours before dawn. If I’m lucky, it will be announced by wide brush-strokes of luminous pink the like of which I’ve never seen before. Gradually…

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HOW TO GET THERE

HOW TO GET THERE

It’s not a straightforward thing to navigate your way to Art to Heart’s venues for first-timers; one is located in the maze of an old estate in the city, the other is in the middle of nowhere in the countryside. Though I provide detailed directions…

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THAT ‘Aha!’ MOMENT

THAT ‘Aha!’ MOMENT

The Duomo seen from the Baptistery, Pisa. Photo by Asha Joanna Zmuda In the sacred space of the Baptistery visitors were slowly pacing around observing, taking pictures, sitting on the marble steps resting when suddenly a sound broke through the silence. A voice crystalline and…

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THIS IS THE PLACE

Never say never. On the 23 December 2015, the day I thought of closing my Facebook page and never post a thing again, in a sudden change of mind I decided to keep using it but in a different way. The Christmas holidays were about…

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