Wednesday, July 6, 2011

'Surrender' New works by Pauline Goggin

Official opening Saturday July 9th at 5pm – exhibition runs until July 30

The word surrender can be interpreted as an expression of defeat or generousity, a declaration or a gift, a relinquishing of something , yielding to a strong influence or simply giving up the fight.
In these works the artist explores her interest in the practice of daily surrender to the creative life. Reminiscent of Tibetan prayer flags, these images of arms being blown in the wind can be seen as surrender to the creative spirit.
Implicit in the embroidered arms is a daily acceptance and a willingness to live life in all its shades, stitch by stitch, moment by moment, day by day. Pauline Goggin’s practice has included keeping daily journals over the last thirty years. In the textile works, these have been a rich source of text. The text, in itself, does not seek to tell a story, the embroidered words, selected at random, from the pages of her journals, however they are illustrative of a commitment to a life lived in a daily spirit of curiousity and reflective enquiry.
Prints, Sculpture and a new piece of animation explore the theme of surrender in the intimate Red Couch Space at The Courthouse Gallery, in Ennistymon, Co.Clare.

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