Exhibition

As the forms of artistic output are diverse, so too are the sites of display. Commissioned pieces (textile wallhangings, mixed media works) for site specific installation and can be found on display in museums, heritage site visitor centers, banks, libraries, cafes as well as private homes, both in Ireland and further afield.

Many exhibitions involve the bringing together a local group and setting a theme for making work: founder of local textile and art groups: Drogheda Quilters, Indigo, Alchemy, Ceangailte; active member of the Irish Patchwork Society and the Embroiders Guild; former owner of a Craft Shop and Gallery in Slane, Co. Meath for over 10 years, where the public could see her process of textile production in situ.

Current exhibitions are drawing on local Slane history and genealogical archives, often contributing to and participating in the commemoration of historical events of local and national significance, particularly the Commemoration of the 1916 Rising and of the 1917 WW1 death of Slane Poet, Francis Ledwidge.

Current exhibition

  • The Letter
  • 9th
  • Kraft Kaffee, Oldcastle
  • 7th December
  • The Bookmarket Cafe, Kells,

The Letter presents a new body of work that revisits the memory of a story told about a cherished piece of family memorabilia: the artist remembers her father, Ray Cogan, speaking about the letter written to him by his grandmother, Elizabeth Callery, congratulating him on his plan for marriage.

Process

Art making in response to family archives involves visiting sites related to the subjects of a particular project and a process of recording and describing through on site sketching and photographing. Sometimes this leads to discovering that the piece of archival information is incorrect—the farmhouse believed to be the home place of a great great grandmother, the subject of a series of artworks, becomes a document of a particular avenue of research and a tracing of a line of flight of the imagination, building a relationship to the past.

The site of display of the artworks, incorporating family archives, opens up the genealogical research to possibilities of collecting and incorporating new information from the public, both local and further afield.