Wood back on Westport walls

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ON SHOW ‘Moonlit Boats’, by Marie Wood

Ciara Moynihan

Manchester-born Mayo-based artist Marie Wood’s most-recent solo show has moved to Westport from the wilds of the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre café Ginger and Wild.
‘Dancing with Light’, which includes 26 new works created during the pandemic, opened in the Clew Bay Hotel Gallery on September 2, and it will remain on show until the end of the month. The landscape and seascape images are mixed-media and collage/painting.
Wood describes her work as ‘a distillation of the spirit of the Mayo landscape, revealing a sense of the extraordinary, looking past the obvious and capturing the fleeting magical light’.
Speaking to The Mayo News, she explained that the art in the show marks somewhat of a departure from her earlier work, with stronger colours and more abstract forms making an appearance.
“While the work is still rooted in the representational form, the materials and composition lead you into a more-abstract world,” she said. “The artworks are about capturing a scene in the moment that you saw it, about capturing the feeling of it, rather than recreating the scene in a photo-realistic way. For me, it’s been about discovering the abstract in the every day as you walk around... I’ve also been really enjoying bringing in new, brighter colours to my work.”
The artist will be in the gallery between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday, September 15, 22 and 29, to chat about the works, her process and her inspiration.