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Anam : Ait | Soul : Place


photo by cloda jolly - tate modern - No Soul for SaleWaterford visual artist, Christine O'Brien Shanahan, has been creating art works since graduating from art college in 1985. She completed an MA degree in Arts and Heritage Management (Hons) in 2009. With visual artwork in public, private and corporate collections locally and abroad, landscape continues to be an integral element in her work, with concepts of place and time recurring.

Chris has collaborated with sound artist miXile on Performance, Installation and Sound Art projects since 1985, some artworks last five minutes, (ignite 4) other 'slow art' pieces have been on-going over a number of years.

"The spirit of a place, time, landscape can be absorbed into your soul, making a lasting impression on your psyche. Memory of place can be created in a micro second or slowly seep into your senses and last a lifetime."

"Landscapes are created from rock, soil, geographical formations, plants, trees. Features record the passage of time, the presence of man. Walls mark boundaries and common ground... It is colour, light, shape and contour that resonate in our memories."

Upcoming Event

WITHIN & WITHOUT Group exhibition Dungarvan Summer 2012

WITHIN + WITHOUT an exhibition of work by eight local artists : Pat Carri, Kevin Connolly, Róisín Kinsella, Darragh Lyons, Pat McArdle, Chris O’Brien Shanahan, Conor Rush and Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock.

Recent Exhibition

Beautiful Future: Open Submission | Hive Artists Studios, Waterford | December 2011

GROUP exhibition with Katie Kavanagh, Roisin McArdle, Lou O'Neill/BS, Mary-Clare Lyons, Sarah Manson, Jenny Spain, Sarah Quigley, Mary McGrath, Chris O'Brien Shanahan, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Andrew Brown, Joan Kwirk, Aishling Conroy, Jaeyeol Han, John Cullinane, Stephen Nolan, Noilin O'Kelly, Michelle Kiely, Ann Marie Brett-Jennings, Tamsin Bending, Mary Galvin, Dominic Corrigan, Ann Brennan, Ann-Marie Webb, Kary Mullally, Shelly McDonnell and John Costello.

WITHIN & WITHOUT Group Show | 13 - 29 Nov 2011 - Tramore Coastguard Arts Centre, Co. Waterford

tramore coastguard arts-centre logo“Within and Without” is a common theme linking the artwork, and explores the reality of an inner and outer realm. A wide range of styles reflect the artists' individual interpretations of this concept. The artwork included painting, photography and sculpture, in both ceramic and wood. Opened by Margaret Organ, County Waterford Arts Officer.

SOLO EXHIBITION | Boundary Lines at Solstice, Waterford Museum of Treasures til Jan 21st 2011

Farranshooneen Lane cobsWas opened by historian and environmentalist Mr. Ray McGrath on 21st December. The collection includes recent oil paintings and collages that share a common theme of boundary lines. The work is inspired by drawings made while travelling across the country. Fleeting glimpses of fields and tree lines evoke the colour and contours of Ireland's countryside. The exhibition runs from 20th December to 21st January and is open during museum hours, with free admission to the 1st floor gallery. more info ->

On-going Projects

Weft and Weave

Weave 1:2 and Weave 1:3 at Gateways Festival, Co Wicklow - Sept 2010

Weave 2 cobs 2010Photographs taken during 2008 study of award-winning Special Area of Conservation 'Fenor Bog' are woven through the bars of an open gate and wooden fencing. Echoing the pathway through the bog from which the images were taken.

Images printed on recycled drafts of MA in Arts and Heritage Management thesis "Exploring Creativity in the Library: the sustainable use of local resources for local needs". Adaptations of 'Weave printed tapestry' 2009, originally conceived for Transylvania Calling 2009. Weave 1

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Recent Collaborations

WATERFORD CULTURE NIGHT | 23rd September, 2011 | Art Stroll on Michael Street

Waterford City Council logo5-9pm "A night of art exhibitions and intrigue as independent shops and businesses display the works of local artists and welcome viewers to improvised art galleries on Michael Street, one of Waterford's main thoroughfares." Work from Boundary Lines collection selected for House of Vintage.
Also at 7.30 at Greyfriars' Municipal Art Gallery, Greyfriars Street, Waterford: READING THE LANDSCAPE: An exploration of the creative process through works from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection

Noosa Sunrise Album Launch

SOMA Contemporary ArtBox - May 2010

Noosa Sunrise Album Launch Party at Soma Contemporary ArtBox, Lombard St. Waterford on 21st May 2010. Specially commissioned visuals: abstract paintings and collaboration on Video Art Piece.

Rainforest Aviary

ignite 4 at The Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin - April 2010

ignite 4 at Science GalleryTwenty photos from Australia Zoo, 2006, were chosen to accompany the ambient electromic sound piece Rain Forest Aviary by miXile based on field recordings made at the zoo. Each image was shown for 15 seconds in 5 minutes as part of ignite 4 at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.

Watch all the evenings presentations on YouTube IgniteDublin or read and see more about ignite 4 collaboration here

More Information

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© AnamAit 2007- 2012 | all images, paintings and photographs © Christine O'Brien Shanahan