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Art with an eye to engineering

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ON SHOW Artwork by Sabina Egan

An exhibition of artwork by Sabina Egan, a professional artist based in Co Galway, will open in The Clew Bay Hotel Gallery, Westport, on Friday, October 4, at 7pm.
Sabina has strong connections to Westport – her mother, Margaret Egan, and auntie, Mary Moylette (both nee Duffy), are originally from Lanmore, Westport – and for that reason she is very excited to be putting on her first solo art exhibition in the west Mayo town.
Her work is strongly influenced by the time she spent studying structural engineering with architecture in UCD. The pursuit of this degree, she explains, has led her to appreciate the hidden intricacies of structures and how they are constantly moving.
From high rises to petrol stations, Sabina strives to conceive how the different elements that create a building are interacting with their surroundings, and above all, how the mechanisms of stability are hidden behind the facades.
After receiving her qualification in engineering, Sabina decided to study fine art in NCAD. Here she spent four years refining her interests and creating a way to convey how she interprets her surroundings. Her work there earned her a commendation, and she was acknowledged as one of the top ten emerging artists by Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.
“My work is based on the aesthetic quality of the hidden engineered components within structures,” Sabina explains. “Through minimalist abstract paintings, my aim is to display the artistic merit concealed beneath decorative facades. My process is to question the boundaries of art within engineering, and engineering within art, and my paintings have various aspects of this work process.
“I have gathered images from construction sites, and isolated specific elements to be painted onto canvases of various sizes. The outcome is a range of paintings highlighting an engineer’s contribution to an artist’s vision.”
Sabina Egan’s work has previously featured in a number of group shows, including The Harbor Winter Art Fair, Galway (2017); 250 Works, Westport (2017) and Roscommon LamFestival (2017).

For more on Sabina Egan, visit her website, www.sabeganart.com