Artist pays tribute to brother killed in motorbike accident – Donegal Daily
A new art exhibition celebrates the life of a young motorcyclist tragically killed in an accident by displaying many of his cherished family items.
Artist Brigid Mulligan presents the exhibition in memory of her late brother who died 20 years ago.
She hopes the exhibit will not only serve as a “poignant and thought-provoking” memorial for her, but also as an instigator for others to open up conversations about their own experiences of grief and loss.
Entitled “A Portrait of Life Through Belonging”, the new solo exhibition which is on view in the Saldanha Gallery until July 24, 2022, includes twenty-one life-size cyanotype prints (one for each year of life) ranging from a wristwatch to a motorcycle, a collection of effects owned by Brigid’s late brother.
The artist’s family has kept each object as if it were part of them.
The exhibit also includes a series of light sculptures, including a ‘chandelier’ that explores what alternative shrines might look like.
Assembled from recycled motorcycle indicators, the work once installed becomes an immersive experience where the viewer is immersed in a darkened space of contemplation.
Brigid explains: “I am compelled to create work that examines my perspective of loss within the larger context of how Irish society deals with grief. Having experienced the loss of my brother to a motorcycle accident when I was only sixteen years old, I felt there was a lack of understanding around the communication of grief.
“The work is an exploration of beauty in pain and the material is interchangeably chosen to reciprocate the intent. It is essential that the work opens up spaces for meaningful conversations – and the benefit of exhibiting that work at Artlink Fort Dunree offers the opportunity to engage with new audiences while opening up a conversation about how we experience grief.
“It is important to bring non-artistic communities like Irish bikers into the art gallery and to engage with the people of Donegal who have also suffered high losses due to road accidents. Through the appearance of artistic creation, we can safely explore our previously unshared perspective on grief.
Artlink Project Coordinator Rebecca Strain added: “This exhibition was selected from over 50 submissions because it not only allows an Irish artist to develop their practice, but its theme is highly relevant to the community that lives and visits. here. Many motorcyclists visit Fort Dunree during the summer and we wanted to show some artwork that spoke to their community.
“Last year and this year we worked with the Irish Hospice Foundation on the Compassionate Culture Network project in Buncrana. We saw that there was a real need for people to find space to deal with grief and loss. We hope that Brigid’s use of dark and light, her sensitivity to grief, even many years later, will make visitors feel that it is important to remember the people we have lost and to find ways to keep them in our daily lives.
“As Brigid so aptly puts it: ‘When people die, we frantically try to hold on to them in every way we can, we try to collect objects, memories and places, but these all falter. Memories fade like grabbing someone who is a dream.
Brigid Mulligan’s ‘A Portrait of Life Through Belonging’ will be on view at Artlink Fort Dunree until July 24, 2022 and is open daily from 10:30am-4:30pm. For more information visit artlink.ie, email [email protected] or call 0838696513 / 0864532428.
About the artist
In 2018, Brigid Mulligan graduated with a Masters in Creative Practice from CCAM Galway. Brigid received a First Class Diploma in Fine Art Sculpture from CCAM Galway, in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at various museums and galleries nationwide including ‘Bring the mind home’, the exhibition of Artlink members, ‘Westival’, Westport Arts Festival, ‘In Situ’, 126 Gallery Galway, ‘M:A 18’, Connacht Tribune Gallery, ‘Impressions’ Galway International Arts Festival & ‘Put a lid on it’ Galway Arts Center. Orbital member of Engage Studio’s Galway since 2019, in collaboration with Sample studios Cork ‘Chandelier’ 2018 was selected and virtually exhibited in Cahoots: The Space Between 2020.
Awards include the Create 2022 Pilot Mentorship Award, Project Achievement Award, Artist in the Community from Create & the arts Council IRE Artist in the community, R&D Award with Mentorship from Create IRE & the Arts Council, Arts Council Agility Award & Artist Support Scheme, Galway County Council 2021. Arts Council Ireland Professional Development Award 2020, RHA Foundation Drawing Fellowship 2020/21, Residency in 126 Gallery Galway and Tyrone Guthrie Fellowship from Galway County Council Galway 2019. Cill Rialaig, Ballinaskelligs, Kerry and Creative Spark Dundalk & a virtual residency with Digital Art Studios Belfast 2021/22.
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