Sorcha McNamara grew up in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. She graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2019, with a first-class BA Honours degree in Fine Art – Painting. Her work crosses the disciplines of painting, installation and critical writing; she is particularly interested in the sensual qualities of materials and the parallels that exist between verbal and gestural language.
About the work:
‘Desolate’ is an ambient study of uncertainty, explored through the language of painterly gestures.
The work is an exercise in subtlety; an embracement of the indistinct, the formless.
The sensual qualities of the materials within the work – the fluidity of paint, the delicacy of graphite pencil, and the
protrusions of cotton/polyester fabric – attempt to evoke an atmospheric sense of place.
The way these materials are handled – through stains, intuitive mark-making and erasing – insist on the depicted place as being unknown, somewhere floating between the physical, material world and a mental, intangible realm where indecision and ambiguity lies.
Medium: mixed media on board.
Dimensions: 91 x 61 cm.