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

Studio 12 exhibition/project space, 1st Floor Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay, Cork. Viewable online only.

22 March – 9 April

Online exhibition available from 22 March 9am, see below
Video podcast available from 29 March 9am, featuring the artists in conversation with arts writer and curator Sarah Kelleher

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.

The images in the exhibition by Carol Anne Connolly are from the artist’s project Answering Echoes and are made from 3D digital rendering of multibeam data created in collaboration with Fabio Sacchetti of INFOMAR, Ireland’s national seabed mapping programme. This work is influenced by time spent in the Mid Atlantic on a scientific survey led by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork. The artist’s research is informed by conversations with marine scientists while at sea, the writing of marine biologist & conservationist Rachel Carson (where the title of the work comes from), and technology that employs sound for scientific research. Answering Echoes was originally commissioned by Aerial/Sparks curated by Louise Manifold as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Fiona Kelly’s sculptural installation Formed by Chance utilises Studio 12 as a testing ground, a laboratory in which to create experimental new work rendering ceaselessly shifting surfaces, resources and terrains. Through wanderings in the landscape and built environment Kelly observes and records the metamorphosis of topographies. Recent depictions of landscape are centred around its very foundations – the earth itself, the crystallised formations of deep time mineralogy and their extraction. Examining humanistic interactions with territory, this installation of sculpture forms part of an ongoing inquiry into extractive activities and questions the cumulative effect of centuries of a nonreciprocal relationship with Nature.

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 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.

The Human Animal, Backwater’s 2021 artistic programme is supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award and through the Cork City Council Project Scheme.


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