Nulty - A Unique View of Cavan
Cathaoirleach Fergal Curtin welcomed an appreciative audience to the launch of A Portrait of this Region by the Johanna Nulty, Cavan artist and recent recipient of the Bullock Lane residency on Saturday last, 8 April at Townhall, Cavan.
The artist Aideen Barry who launched the exhibition spoke about the work that Johanna has completed for her first solo exhibition and how she represents individuals using objects in novel ways to suggest the contemporary, the common place and they way we rub off and influence each other. Barry likened the work of Nulty to the great Irish novel The Third Policemen by Peter O Nolan and its reference to The Atomic Theory as it appears in the novel. Peter O Nolan was in turn fascinated by the work of Erwin Schroedinger, a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed work in the field of quantum theory, wave equation and matrix mechanics. There is a premice in the novel that suggest you can spend so much time with objects that you become part object, that your atoms become intermingled! Nulty uses hoover parts, bath mats, gloves and a myriad of objects to represent the way we see and use objects and suggests different potential narratives for thm. As she arranges them they reference the common family names of County Cavan.
Aideen Barry spoke fondly about her time on a residency in Cavan ten years ago and said that she viewed the County as a 'hot house for artists, supporting emerging artists with valuable time in their early career and throughout to consider, review and re-evaluate the work they do". She spoke about the great potential in the work of Johanna Nulty to make work that is contemporary and challenging in a really fun and provocative way.
Sally O Dowd, curator who worked with Johanna in preparation for this exhibition and has prepared an essay for the catalogue that accompanies the show says of the work “Johanna’s artworks are not portraiture in any traditional sense but like much late twentieth century and recent art, her explorations of identity, perspective, and representation bear a historical relationship to portraiture.”
Johanna herself is really looking forward to talking to the young people who have booked to talked to the artist and view the work “My National School, Crubany and St Felim’s National School are bringing classes to see the show and I am excited and a little nervous of the reaction of the children. They are very honest and I am sure they will ask me some difficult questions.” The artist is available to meet with schools and community groups on 26 to 28 April at Townhall Cavan and these visits can be pre-arranged through Cavan County Council arts office or at Townhall Cavan.
A Portrait of this Region by Johanna Nulty runs at Townhall Cavan Wednesday to Saturday from April 8 to April 29, 11am to 5pm. This residency and exhibition are funded by Cavan County Council supported by the Arts Council.
www.cavanarts.ie, 049 4378549, www.townhallcavan.ie, 049 4365441.