ORANGE SOLSTICE – Skerries Mills – 20th June – 2nd July 2017
The still life paintings consist mainly of old bottles and oranges… Oranges were selected as they are considered the vitality of life, and its no accident this exhibition was held within the week of the summer solstice.
This is a time of year when a single light source shines into a chamber to illuminate its subject, and adds some magic to otherwise everyday objects.The bottles, were from collectors, who had dug them out of the earth and admired their beauty. Old and discarded, but brought back to life.
The use of silver, copper and glass was purely an exercise in colour mixing for different materials, and exploring reflective surfaces.I love the depth and richness in the translucency of coloured glass and how certain lighting brings out the vibrancy and passion of these colours.