In what is a first, the artist Carmel T. Madigan will launch her new book, “Conversations with Nature” and the accompanying exhibition, at this year’s Cat Laugh’s Festival in Kilkenny.
“Conversations with Nature” will be opened by Catherine Boland of the Irish Contemporary Arts Society at the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny at 6 p.m. on the 2nd of June 2016.
In her work Carmel demonstrates a fascination for materials – from antique lace, textiles, plants to Japanese papers – and she creates works that demonstrate a quest for texture, movement, abundant colour, entanglement and references of flora and oceania.
There is an innate sense of humour, energy, complexity and simplicity to be found in her art. Carmel’s works are in collections including the OPW, the Departments of Defence and Education, Waterford Municipal Art Collection, Bank of Ireland, Invesco and Dromoland Castle.
Carmel is an avid lover of nature and is concerned about environmental threats to the natural world. She has combined this interest with a passion for regeneration of materials and the fostering of individual responsibility. She has embarked upon educational projects with a number of schools in West Clare. She worked with Barefield Primary School in Ennis to design and create the Garden of Global Friendship & Citizenship that was selected by an Taisce to be exhibited at the Greens Schools Expo at the RDS
Carmel’s work is steeped in the wild, exposed landscape of Loophead on the West Coast of Clare. “I believe that my visual expression is a concoction of my life, my environment, my ancestry, my inspirations and my genes.”
She has quickly become highly sought after by collectors at home and abroad and was recognised by the art world in her selection for the Florence Biennale in Italy.