Evocative explorations of shape
Throughout the month of March, Ballina Arts Centre is hosting ‘The Shape of Things’, an exhibition by Mayo-based artist Susan Tiger.
The exhibition is comprised of 37 framed pieces as well as a beautiful new artist’s publication. Colour, line and shape are explored in depictions of different objects that seem to either dissolve into, or form out of, the surface itself.
Tiger’s intimate drawings seek to recount the artist’s personal experiences and memories. She uses simple – but meaningful – images, which, in turn, work together with their poetic titles to form an evocative narrative.
The publication comprises three books – ‘The Shape of Things’, ‘Frankness’ and ‘Look How Beautiful the Rain Is’ – and complements the framed works in words and other images.
Susan Tiger was born in Philadelphia, and attended Syracuse University, in New York State, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. In 1998 she moved to Ireland, where she now lives with her husband and daughter.
She has had exhibitions at Claremorris Gallery, Monster Truck Gallery and Roscommon Arts Centre. Her work has also been shown in Dublin, Amsterdam and Cape Town, and forms part of the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Iziko South African National Gallery, South Africa; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.
In 2003, Tiger published, ‘Having’, a book of drawings and writings for the Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin.
‘The Shape of Things’ was officially opened by Irish Times art critic Aidan Dunne on Friday last, March 5. It will run until March 27. Admission is Free.