The Art of Memory in Carrick

Brigitta Varadi 'The Memory of Art.'
In Ireland, we are constantly complaining about the weather. It is hard for us to believe that some people who come to live here actually enjoy it.

In Ireland, we are constantly complaining about the weather. It is hard for us to believe that some people who come to live here actually enjoy it.

Artist, Brigitta Varadi finds her creative energy and inspiration in the wet, boggy, and beautiful landscape of County Leitrim. She particularly enjoys the colours and vibrancy of the winter months and the colours of sky, hedgerows and nature which are often reflected in her textile work.

Originally from Hungary, Brigitta has found a continuous source of creative stimulation in her adopted country. “I live in the Iron Mountains, which are so very beautiful. Every morning, I look out over Lough Allen and you really could not go wrong in your day after that”, laughs Brigitta. Birgitta’s innovative work as a textile artist, sing wool, silk and different types of fibre has received national and international recognition. The Office of Public works are among those who have commissioned a Varadi original, which now hangs proudly in the Department of Education and Science in Athlone.

An exhibition of Brigitta’s latest work, titled ‘Decoding Time’ will open at 5.30pm on March 14, by Philip Delamere, Leitrim County Art Officer. It is the culmination of her recent four weeks art Residency at the Contemporary Artists Centre (CAC), Woodside, Troy, New York.

Her current pieces explore how memories can inform our present day perspectives and artistic expression. The works are large scale, oversized inkblots or Rorschach tests, which invite and encourage people to interpret in their own way. “I like to find beauty, rhythm and patterns around me in a search to find the hidden, invisible element which gives us simple pleasure in our everyday life.

“I search for reflection, a momentary flash of emotion, for a surface that contains many meanings and memories. There is not a wrong or right way to interpret art, but that your interpretation is uniquely yours and informed by your memories and experiences.”

Brigitta’s exhibition is at the Silver River Images Gallery, Bridge Street, Carrick, March 14- 20. This new photographic gallery, which is owned and run by Keith Nolan and Annabella Jackson, is a calm and welcoming space. It is usually devoted to photographic exhibitions, but the owners like Brigitta’s work so much, they have made an exception. It is the perfect place to take time out from the daily bustle and truly be inspired by the work of this most unusual and uniquely talented Hungarian/Leitrim artist.