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Student stories: Geraldine Leahy, Artist talk

Littoral Shift: A Coastal Terrain in Flux – 
Geraldine Leahy Artists Talk Wednesday 22nd of June at 6pm
Leahy, G. Flow (2020)

SYP student Geraldine Leahy recently held her solo Degree Show, Littoral Shift: A Coastal Terrain in Flux, in a beautiful restored and repurposed church in the seaside village of Rush, North County Dublin. She will present her artist’s talk on Wednesday 22nd of June at 6pm, to which you all OCA students are warmly invited. 

Geraldine’s work is concerned with coastal erosion and with the entanglement of natural and manmade materials on the beach. Her work focusses in particular on the objects and debris which have become embedded in the sand following severe weather events. She ‘embeds’ found objects such as plastic, wire and rope into her paintings using a monoprinting technique. Then she covers these monoprints in layers of acrylic and gouache, erasing the paint in places as a way of referencing the erosive action of the weather. 

Geraldine’s paintings present the viewer with certain incongruities as manmade materials often adopt natural characteristics both on the beach and during the painting process. Her aim is to create intriguing pieces which will entice the viewer to look closely at these anomalies and encourage reflection and action on environmental issues.

Her artist’s talk presentation will consist of a short video demonstrating the progression of her work from the beach to the exhibition venue. A discussion with her tutor, Michele, will be followed by questions from the audience. 

It will be held in Emma Drye’s painting zoom room:

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