Fabulous Fecund Women at the Solas Art Gallery

This new exhibition by Aisling Blackburn at the Solas Gallery, Ballinamore has been creating a lot of interest since it was selected as a solo exhibition.

This new exhibition by Aisling Blackburn at the Solas Gallery, Ballinamore has been creating a lot of interest since it was selected as a solo exhibition.

Opening this Friday, October 3 this exhibition will occupy the whole of the gallery space. Aisling has been working on the concept of this show for nearly a year, it is a portrait of women: woman in her many facets; peaceful; powerful and potent.

This is Aisling`s second solo show at Solas, she has exhibited at many of the group shows as well as in “Open Season” at the Dock. Based in Killyran Aisling has always liked painting and drawing, but increasingly has found that her camera has been her most constant companion. From there it was a short step to the recording arts then on to film making. Aisling has already made a few short documentaries such as Drumlane Community; Farming not Fracking; an interview with Marjory Cross, founder of Jampa Ling being some examples.

This powerful exhibition has been divided into four sections, the first being photographs, some digital others 35mm, of 12 different women taken between Oct and Dec 2013 capturing their different moods whilst in the second room there are paintings in acrylic of the same women. Upstairs, one room is entitled “The Forebears” consisting of photographs of women of the family, the artists Grandmother Sheila taken by her husband, her own birthmother, as well as a self portrait of her birthmother. The remaining room will have a video display of the women and a lovely hardback book showing many more images and a brief explanation of the project.

The exhibition will be launched this Friday at 7.30pm by Alexandra Whelan, a quiet social activist, committed to bringing a female perspective to all aspects of daily life in a non adversarial way. The exhibition is on until October 25. Solas Gallery is above the Four Seasons Garden Centre, Ballinamore, www.solasart.ie