Exhibition statement: Byrne's work is inspired by the journeys she makes outside in the landscape of North Leitrim. Being outside engages the senses, triggers memory and exercises the imagination, providing many of the initial gestures and responses for developing new work. Using small sketchbook drawings as a means of observation Byrne records a series of concepts and impressions that examine the effects of natural forces that constantly modify and challenge our more static representation of the land. These meditations on time capture the moods and atmospheres of diverse natural phenomena such as the ever changing patterns of light and cloudy skies; the rhythm and sound of rainwater; the peat soaked bog; the scarred escarpments of the valleys and the affect of wind and weather on the trees. All of these find there way into the artists work through the use of simple pattern and motif techniques that recur and are re-enacted in the natural and chemical processes of the printmakers art. It is through these multiple ideas and depictions that the artist explores, experiments and engages various print forms, often in the same piece, to describe her imagined Outside.
Biography: Born in Dar-es-Salaam and raised in northern England, Liz Byrne went on to study at Loughborough School of Art for BA (hons) 1975-1978 and Reading College of Art where she acquired a Diploma in Community Arts (1989-2000). Byrnes community arts projects include a range of engagements in educational settings across Ireland and the UK including recent work as an arts tutor for the VEC/SLETB; the Organic Centre; Leitrim Intercultural Group and Manorhamilton Print Group. Byrne has co-organised the highly acclaimed Five Glens Arts Festival and the Samhain events and continues to work with various community groups and young students across the North West.
Working primarily in the medium of print, Byrnes work can be found in private and public collections both within Ireland and abroad and her exhibitions include: Evidence Of Small Behaviours Print Symposium with the Manorhamilton Print Group (2014); LIVECRAFT at the Leitrim Design House (2013); Open Circle group exhibition (2007) and one person exhibitions at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo (2010) and Waterfront Gallery Rosses Point (2012). Byrne was selected to make a presentation of work for President Mary McAleese at Arras an Uchterain 2012 and in 2016 she was awarded a Professional Development Residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre to create a new work in print, in addition to her experimental ‘print mobiles’ currently on show at the Centre.
Light refreshments will be served, everyone welcome.
Exhibition runs until Saturday 6th May.
Gallery opening times - 11am-4pm.
Thursday to Saturday - Doors open at front of house. Tuesday and Wednesday - Go first to central reception at the side of the building.
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim
Ionad Dealbhóireachta, Cluainín, Co. Liatroim
LSC acknowledge the financial support of the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.