September 2021 Project
Kate McSharry’s experimentation with concrete and its elegant engagement with the surrounding space at Sarah Walker Gallery continues in ‘a consideration: all is fair in love and war (?)’
This week-long project is an initial response to one of Peter Schjeldahl’s Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light essays, observing the nature of concrete as a material and how the cast concrete body parts are activated by their context. There is a focus on the changing light in this space, and how the sculptural pieces engage with the gallery floor.
On graduating with First Class Honours in Contemporary Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at GMIT in Galway this year, Kate was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards 2021 and will undertake a curatorial residency at Sample Studios in Cork during Spring 2022. She is on the education team at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway. Kate exhibited last summer in a two-person exhibition with Corban Walker at Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere, Cork. Her work is also currently being exhibited in Begin The Begin at Artlink, Fort Dunree, Donegal until the end of September.
Kate McSharry works in multimedia, though her process moves predominantly through text. Poetry allows the space for energy to build and be expelled through an articulated riot-of-sorts. Concrete is a material used for centuries past, with a long history full of context and narrative. Through constructing body parts from concrete in recent work, she looks at the interruptions faced when delicately observing creation through a tough, durable material. Art is a universal language yet also a unique experience as our interpretations are affected by knowledge and environment. Kate is interested in how we establish context collectively when engaging with art, with a main objective being to start a conversation with those who encounter the work.
Website coming soon, for now you can view Kate's work on Instagram @kate_mcsharry.
Exhibition runs until September 17th - gallery open 11 to 6 everyday - with a late opening until 7pm on September 17th for Culture Night.