15 March – 11 April 2013, Opening reception: Friday 15 March at 8pm
Brenda Byrne is an award winning artist and illustrator, based in North Clare and working as a resident artist at The Courthouse Studios & Gallery.
In this new collection of work Geography of the Heart Brenda takes her collage work in a new direction as it takes on a more textured and tactile feel through her use of multi -layering fabrics, papers and threads to create a collection of work that appeals to not just the eye but also to the touch.
Geography of the Heart is essentially a "snapshot" into the inner landscape of the artist on any particular day, in any particular moment.
Her work draws heavily on the surrounding landscapes of North Clare and the Burren.
The ever changing coastline, the ebb and flow of the changing tides - yet the work takes on at times an almost abstract feel as she breaks down the outer landscapes into tiny slivers of paper and materials and through connection to her emotional world she creates the feeling of the landscape.
Brenda is also the founder and director of The Ennis Yoga Studio which she established in 2008 to share her love of Yoga and Mindfulness Practices. And she is a Co-Founder of The Ennis Dance Co-Op. A Co-Op exploring mindfulness through movement of Dance - and her deep rooted spiritual practices are strongly reflected in this beautiful collection of work.
Mindfulness and being "in the moment" plays a huge role in Brenda's life. Through her use of language, texture and light - a sense of being "anchored" in a moment is reflected in each of the pieces in this new exhibition. Inner and Outer worlds are connected and reflected in Geography of the Heart.
Brenda holds a degree in Visual Communications and her work is in collections in both Ireland and abroad including The Office of Public Works, Galway, St James Hospital , Dublin and Crumlin Children's Hospital. Her work has also been published and has featured in Image Interiors, Image Magazine and The Irish Independent & Life Magazine.
Brenda's work has been published as a range of greeting cards in the UK through M.E.G. Publishing House and she has illustrated for UNICEF, Amnesty and The Crafts Council of Ireland.