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“After The Great Scaldwood.”

Blowing bubbles, spinning tops and drinking straws, how magical do these methods of drawing sound to you?  If not magical, at least, they sound interesting. To give you an idea, if you’re a fan of Miyazaki animation, such as “Howl’s Moving Castle” or “Princess Mononokone” you will definitely enjoy this artist’s work: Clouds castling in the air, spirits of wolves roaming around and thorny trees that used to be.

Do not be alarmed.  You are stepping into a world of ghosts where past and present realities intertwine to create a lovely dream-like quality to this artist’s work.

Upon the end of her artist in residence at Draíocht, Deirdre Byrne, 2003 graduate from NCAD with a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art Painting has recently launched her exhibition called “After The Great Scaldwood.”
Apart from the fact that her work is penning shades of black on white while Miyazaki’s work is filled with colours, a common theme of fluidity seems to resonate from within between artists.

Water seems indeed something that both artists seem very aware of. As Des Kelly described very accurately when he visited Deidre’s studio, “In some areas the ink runs like tears through mascara tracing the blemishing effects of the emotional trauma arcing through this stunted land.”

But the comparison between Byrne and Myazaki doesn’t stop there as both artists share also an environmentalist concern.
Deidre’s drawings show representations of the present urban area layered with aspects of the area’s history such as the great Scaldwood, the ancient forest that once covered Blanchardstown.

Indeed throughout her art, Deidre gently reminds us of Scaldwood’s vast deforestation, and the once-natural habitat of the wolf. If wolves might not be prowling around anymore, Draíocht do hope that visitors will prowl around by visiting their current exhibitions.

Where: Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15.

When: Thu 14 Jun – Sat 1 Sept 2012- Ground Floor Gallery.

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm.

Free Entrance.

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