Dulce Domum – MA Art Therapy
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
29 April – 16 May 2015
“A house more than a diary, is the intimate glimpse … a life interrupted”
Anne Michaels – Fugitive Pieces – a novel
A group exhibition of artworks by Masters of Art Therapy students from CIT CCAD curated by Marie Brett and John McHarg – pondering ideas of home and displacement
Over the last two months Marie Brett & John McHarg have been working on the theme of Domicile with the MA Art Therapy students at Crawford College of Art and Design, giving them an opportunity to reflect on this theme within their studio practice time. The resulting show reflects those thoughts, experiences and feelings on an intimate and sometimes personal subject matter, but one that is common to us all – home.
Brett/McHarg have worked collaboratively since 2010 producing artwork and critical writings exploring a common interest in ideas surrounding individual and collective relations to ideas of absence and memory.
Working as an artist (Brett) and art therapist (McHarg) their collaboration grew from a contextual interest in participatory practice and an interest to enquire critically into their respective professions’ similarities and differences. Subsequently Brett/McHarg have mapped national guidelines for the roles, responsibilities and differences for an Artist and an Art Therapist in a health and community care settings, with writings published in Ireland and Finland.
Current artwork includes ‘Shadow Traders’ a solo exhibition of new artwork recently presented at Triskel Christchurch, Cork, and ‘The Walls’ an ambitious multi-media response to the site of a large ex-military coastal fort on the West Coast.
McHarg works full time as an art therapist in a large state run institution. Brett has won several national awards for her practice which explores culturally hidden and shunned topics, particularly related to ideas of loss.
Wind in the Willows, Chapter V Dulce Domum by Kenneth Grahame
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
Further details: http://mariebrett.ie/collaboration.html