BY CELIA RICHARD
Assemblage, Collage, Painting, Photography
Friday 6th January - Thursday 2nd March
Celia Richard is French and has been living in and around Shercock, Co Cavan since 1998. As well as exhibiting around Ireland, France and the UK, she teaches art, craft and yoga in the community and in mental healthcare settings.
She consistently explores the art of emotional hygiene with a view to sharing her discoveries through exhibitions and workshops, she also takes commissions for memory boxes.
As Celia assembles and reframes under-appreciated things of purpose cheek to jowl with vintage finds, enshrines objects of reverence, discarded bits of paper, toys (or any other permutation), context becomes all important.Happily pitching sacred against mundane and delighting in absurdity, Celia irreverently nudges us to question why we keep, why we discard - what we really value.
Whereas art therapy pieces get filed away her collages, books and boxes are for display but not only. Inexplicable memory shrines, obscure dioramas & crude theatre sets: her pieces are playing pretend, borrowing ancestry and narratives. Moving parts tell of children’s books, of safe mini-worlds where nothing was supposed to mean or matter much (yet in the end, the playing WAS the healing).