Hazel Gilchrist Exhibition

The Food Emporium, Francis Street, Ennis, Co. Clare
May 18th - June 9th, 2002

"This series of new paintings by artist Hazel Gilchrist marks the coming together of her personal history, experience and stylistic influences. A native of Scotland and former student at Glasgow School of Art and Architecture, Hazel has made he home in the Burren for the past twelve years. Before that a career arc encompassing cutting-edge street theatre in Amsterdam and London left its mark on her visual art in its engagement with the human form. The use of the figure of the acrobat to articulate the often unbearable tension between risk and fulfilment and the strong autobiographical narrative in this body of work places it firmly within the canon of contemporary Scottish painting.

These works on paper graphically demonstrate her strong rhythmic use of line, an almost feline quality to the fluid figures, a sense of freedom from the bounds of gravity. Her use of the dry dusty chalks and pastels is inventive and intuitive and coupled with her rich surfaces and decorative curves suggests an otherworldly Chagall like quality. They are not fantasy however more a reclamation of lost history, an assertion of the imaginative will in the face of experience. Powerful and moving this exhibition marks a belated debut for Gilchrist in Ireland".

Deirdre O'Mahony, Lecturer in Painting, GMIT

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