Sigil series 2016
The Laois Arthouse Gallery, Stradbally, Co. Laois, will present ‘Bardo,’ an exhibition of paintings and sound installation by Aisling Conroy. Jenny Haughton, Public Art Advisor to Grangegorman Urban Quarter, will officially launch the Exhibition on Sunday 12th June at 3pm.
‘Bardo’ meaning “intermediate state” derives from, Bardo Thodol (“liberation through hearing during the intermediate state”). The text describes the different stages referred to in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which instruct and guide the consciousness from life into death. This transitioning journey can also be understood as change and reincarnation within the living world.
Aisling Conroy’s latest work, explores the idea of intention, reincarnation and repetition. Her paintings, which channel impressions of mystic rituals and that resemble meditative aids; are inspired by Eastern religious iconography and Tantric art. In ‘The Wisdom Of the Heart’ and in the ‘Sigil’ series, Conroy attempts to represent doors or portals that must be passed through during the process of transformation or ‘liberation’ within love, life, death and rebirth.
Also on exhibition will be a number of items on loan from the Patrick Scott Archive in the National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin. Through this invaluable archive, Aisling has drawn parallels between her own art practice and life as an artist. A Patrick Scott drawing, one of his studio books and personal photographs will be included alongside the work in ‘Bardo.’
Aisling was awarded a Laois Arthouse artist-in-residence bursary, where she worked on developing this exhibition. “During my time at the Laois Arthouse, I explored and developed this new body of work that was informed by and made in response to a collection from the late Patrick Scott, recently bequeathed to The National Irish Visual Arts Library. This donation is a rare and previously unseen collection of Scott’s day-to-day studio diaries, photographs, correspondence and drawings. Zen Buddhism, meditation, veneration and ritual directly influenced Scott’s work; recurrent veins that have grown throughout my own practice and have indirectly influenced this exhibition, “- Aisling
Conroy Aisling Conroy is originally from Portlaoise. She is a Dublin based artist using drawing, painting, sculpture, sound, and installation. She graduated from The National College of Art and Design with a BA Hons degree in 2009 and an MFA postgraduate degree in 2011. Aisling has exhibited in various venues around Ireland, as well as having exhibited in the US, China and India. Her work is represented in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally. Aisling also works at the library and archives of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.