This touring exhibition, shown both in Droichead Arts Centre and Galway Arts Centre, included six artists who encapsulate these ideas of identity in varying ways. They embrace the figurative traditions of the past and use them as a springboard for their own personal visions. Nicki Cheevers’ photographs and Fiona Finnegan’s paintings question what there is to hide. Paul MacCormaic adds a humorous twist to his socio-political portraits while the fragile doll portraits of Eleanor McCaughey seem to address our idea of beauty. Paraic Leahy’s morphed portraits and David Booth’s monumental paintings by consequence make us realise nothing and nobody is ever as it seems.
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (July 2014) and Galway Arts Centre, Galway (August 2014). Supported by Create Louth, Droichead Art Centre, Galway Arts Centre.