Helen Farrell | Fetter

Studio 12 exhibition/projects space, First Floor Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork T12 E26D.

Opening: Thursday 14 October 6pm

Running from: 14 October – 12 November 2021 

Open: Tue – Fri 10am-5pm

As part of the Backwater Artists Group Studio 12 programme for 2021: The Human Animal, we are delighted to invite you to Fetter, an exhibition of work by Cork based artist Helen Farrell.

States of creaturely existence that reference actual living things are the starting point for this body of work where suggestions of something imaginary are in fact rooted in a process of drawing from observation.

Mutations emerge through repeated revisions and the linear qualities of drawing are employed to help to sustain a fluidity of meaning which lingers between emergence and disintegration, containment, and release to unsettle and question what is real.

A unifying factor in this work is a recognition of the human need for myths and legends, gods and monsters, and our eternal desire to be entertained by narratives that combine the mundane with the gory.

About the Artist:

Helen Farrell is an artist based in Cork City and her studio practice includes drawing, painting and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited widely and is held in public collections nationally and internationally including The Arts Council of Ireland, The OPW, University College Cork, University College Dublin and the Crawford Gallery Cork. A graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design she also was awarded a MA and PhD from University College Cork and was the recipient of an Irish Research Council Scholarship. She is also a lecturer in Fine Art at MTU Crawford College of Art and Design where she recently initiated the establishment of the Drawing Research Network – Drawbridge.

Recent exhibitions include IMPACT 10 International Printmaking Conference Exhibition in Santander in September 2018. Solo exhibition ‘Foil’ at GOMA Waterford city December 2017. Curator of Elsewhere a collaborative project between Backwater Artists Group, CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and Elizabeth Fort in 2016.

The Human Animal, Backwater’s artistic programme is supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award and through the Cork City Council Project Scheme.

Image: Rasp, oil on linen, 50x50cm