Soul Yearnings by Maureen Considine and Kathryn Kelly at Iontas Foyer Gallery, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

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Two person exhibition by Kathryn Kelly & Maureen Considine ‘Soul Yearnings’ is a joint exhibition of works by artists Maureen Considine and Kathryn Kelly. Working with the medium of photography, the lens acts as if to give a representative voice to the soul searching and internal longings of both artists during periods of personal significance and transition with the process being a catharsis.

Both artists utilise the lens/camera as a means of ‘capturing’. Kathryn Kelly’s efforts at capturing moments in time and place in her imagery are used as a metaphor to express the fragility and transience of life and the enduring quest for something beyond where we are presently positioned. The works function as representations, characters for personal narratives of longing and escape, remoteness and separation.

Maureen Considine’s photograms are created by placing an object onto the surface of light-sensitive paper and exposing it to light and then specific chemicals. A photogram is a direct trace of the object to which it refers, like a footprint but it is often distorted by the bending of light through the object. These works from the series, Searching for the Self/ Soul Images, are influenced by archetypal symbology. In Jungian symbology ‘the Self’, the archetype at the centre of the psyche, is often represented as a circle/mandala.

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