The view from dystopia

KILKENNY artist Corinna Ryan will present her first solo exhibition, ‘A Dystopian Landscape’, in the Watergate Theatre Upstairs Gallery from this Friday until June 10. The exhibition will be officially opened by Paul Bokslag of KCAT on Friday at 5pm.

KILKENNY artist Corinna Ryan will present her first solo exhibition, ‘A Dystopian Landscape’, in the Watergate Theatre Upstairs Gallery from this Friday until June 10. The exhibition will be officially opened by Paul Bokslag of KCAT on Friday at 5pm.

Corinna is a past pupil of the two-year course in Craft Design at Grennan Mill, Thomastown and a three-year Degree in Fine Art from Sligo IT. Corinna is interested in all types of art, and creativity and ideas can come from almost anywhere and take a myriad of forms when expressed through the eyes of this artist. Over the years her work has involved movement between a variety of disciplines including painting, sculptural, ceramics, drawing, photography, textiles, print and touching on installation and video. She says of her work: “I enjoy exploring possibilities, mixing mediums and am attracted to detail, colour and texture. My approach could be considered poetic at times.”

‘A Dystopian Landscape’ is a selection of largely oil paintings and is based on trips the artist has made to nearby man-made landscapes. Sources of inspiration include a local rubbish dump, a derelict building and other landscapes containing discarded rubbish.

Rubbish is part and parcel of the cycle and detritus of life. By focusing in on close-ups of rubbish and through playing with the notion of adding quirky items such as a doll and chair to one of the paintings, the artist attempts to encourage the viewer to look at and think about rubbish in a different way, by making the invisible visible. It aims to prompt a closer look at what is considered rubbish in a new way, at what is thrown away and why?

Ultimately it is up to the viewer to reflect personally on rubbish, and what it means to them.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and Saturday from 2-7pm. The exhibition continues until June 10.