Carol Anne Connolly & Fiona Kelly | Below, and Time Between

Venue: Studio 12 exhibition/project space, 1st Floor Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork

21 January – 19 February

We live on a restless Earth. To think in deep time can be a method of reimagining our problematic present; countermanding its hasty alterations and instabilities with older, slower stories of making and unmaking. An awareness of deep time brings us to consider our historical legacy, what we are leaving behind for the aeons and for the beings that will follow us.

Below, and Time Between is an interplay of two practices meeting through an experimental installation by artists Carol Anne Connolly and Fiona Kelly. Dealing with unfolding landscapes and methods of mapping, their work considers geological and political themes within the contemporary narrative of land use and deep time.


Carol Anne Connolly, Tuskar Lighthouse, Giclée print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 60 x 60 cm, 2020
Carol Anne Connolly, Tuskar Lighthouse, Giclée print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 60 x 60 cm, 2020


Carol Anne Connolly is a visual artist from the West of Ireland, based in Co. Cork. She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUI Galway.

Connolly’s visual art practice is primarily concerned with cultural and social ideas that relate to place’ in contemporary society. She draws from a variety of media, strategies and techniques to create work that is often driven by site-specific enquiry, historical research and community engagement. In considering landscape as a reflection of our relationship and attitude towards nature, Connolly, through an artistic lens seeks to investigate, represent or re-imagine contemporary ideas that relate to our environs.

Fiona Kelly Kelly holds a MA in Art & Process from the Crawford College of Art and was awarded a 1:1 for her research thesis and accompanying exhibition The Distillation of Dust (2015).

Kelly makes sculptural objects and printed matter with the aid of her foraged, ever-expanding archive of waste. This archive holds a compendium of debris; its natural and manmade constituents are altered and arranged to narrate human interactions with land and the relentlessness of time.


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