A BENNETTSBRIDGE-BASED sculptor designed the winner trophy for the Irish Breeders Classic Showjumping held in Barnadown, Gorey, Co Wexford recently. The Irish breeders classic was a show jumping competition run to show the best of young Irish horses. The horses and riders were competing for €50,000, the largest prize ever offered in the world for young showjumpers. The whole event was on live link all over the world and great interest has been shown from buyers all over the world. Ani lives in Bennettsbridge with her husband Gary (who owns Grahams Shoes in High Street). She is the mother of four children, an acupuncturist as well as being a sculptress who has exhibited extensively and won broad acceptance from the arts world and many prizes for her work, including the Oireachtas sculpture prize.
Her materials are bronze, silver and bog oak, brass and techniques cover an extensive range from the rock strength of Giacometti and Henry Moore to a delicacy born of a feminism that transcends gender to communicate on a spiritual level. From the maternal power of bronze pieces like “Motherhood” to the mixture of earthiness and spirituality found in the bog oak and silver collection entitled “Women in Celtic mythology” .
She has a great love of horses and has an affinity with them, which shows through her sculptures. The power and delicacy of the artist’s work tells us with certainty there is much, much more to life than mundane existence and she feels that this is the purpose of art.