SURFACE TENSION by Petrina Shortt, curated by Aoife Nolan, opens at MTU Gallery 46 Grand Parade, Cork on the 1st June 6pm.
Shortt and Nolan work in different mediums, disciplines and environments, yet through conversation find intersecting points of reference within their separate research areas. SURFACE TENSION by Petrina Shortt, has been curated with the intent to investigate these specific meeting points.
An In Conversation Event between artist (Shortt) and curator (Nolan) will take place in the exhiition at the MTU Gallery 46 Grand Parade, on Wed 7 June 1 - 2pm. to discuss the artwork by Shortt and how both practitioners came to work together in this way.
"My practice takes the form of drawing, print, painting and sculpture. It is concerned with looking at ways in which we can uncover and know a specific place, while at the same time asking broader questions about belonging and ecological guardianship.
The work explores visible and eroded histories that exist deep within the landscape, using environmental geography and the interplay of elements as a guide. It is a layering of temporal experiences; tidal, seasonal, geological and human. Gathering moments of time in one place. It consisted of paintings, drawings and sculptures responding to the marine and geological environments around a small area of Dunmanus Bay, West Cork. I am particularly interested in geological deep time and how knowledge of this can influence how we make long time decisions concerning global ecology."
Petrina Shortt, Artist, Art Educator