Exploring emotive responses to environment

LOCAL artist Ross Stewart will showcase his works in two exhibitions during the arts festival.

LOCAL artist Ross Stewart will showcase his works in two exhibitions during the arts festival.

‘The Other Place’ is a show of three large scale canvas works, further exploring his emotive responses to environments. Inspired by German expressionist films and the strange shapes and compositions found on screen, Stewart has taken these and moulded them into dreamlike, dramatic places in that ethereal subconcious world. “I am exploring the concept of how a state of mind and emotion can transform your view of the world. If we are depressed or anxious, how do we view the world around us differently? If we are deemed ‘insane’, does our environment seem changed to us? Certain early expressionist films chose to show their world from an emotional or phychological view and created their sets with strange perspective, surreal architecture and forced shadows and light. This had the effect of transforming the world and allowing us a chance to see and feel it, as the characters did. I have taken this basis and extended it back into painting, making it personal and immediate.” Taking scenes from Caligari and The Golem, Stewart shows us the places that we expeVrience as an audience and also within our minds.

‘The Other Place’ runs for the length of the festival in the old Kilkenny arcade, just off High street.

Ross is also showing smaller artworks from the past two years, including a selection from his recent solo show at Cill Rialaig, at Mug Shot cafe on James street for the festival. These small paintings are based more on Irish landscapes and his interpretations of it and include some studies from his residencies at Cill Rialaig, amongst other recent mixed media paintings on canvas and paper.