Emotive opening remarks of HEARTFELT by Steve Wickham

I was thrilled when Steve Wickham, of The Waterboys agreed to say a few words at the opening of my show in June. However, I did not expect his incredible insight and wisdom regarding my work. He moved us all to tears that evening and I wanted to share a little of what he said.

HEARTFELT, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, June 2018


Lorna’s visual vocabulary and inner symbolism is fun to explore. It works on several levels which is the mark, I believe, of GOOD art.  First, there is the joyful colour pleasing harmonies. Look deeper and there is chaos and even anger and there are the tears.  There is something deeply visceral going on, tempered with playful geometrics and a gorgeous palette. The canvas is too small to contain the snapshot glimpses of Lorna’s universe.  The works are like a binding spell giving form to chaos and then containing it all the while in a strong yet playful way.

 Birdsong, Acrylic on canvas, 2018. PRIVATE COLLECTION.

Birdsong, Acrylic on canvas, 2018. PRIVATE COLLECTION.




All good gardeners say that when you tend a garden, you should tend the shrubs, look after the flower beds, you should always leave some room for a wilderness..Let nature rule.  I think that Lorna does this in her practice, she allows nature to rule where possible.




 Heartfelt, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cms, 2018

Heartfelt, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cms, 2018

I see the tears in Lorna’s work..And eyes that look out from the canvas demanding the viewers attention.  There are journeys going on here too. No straight roads..crooked roads..crooked boreens turning back on themselves.  The only straight lines are the edge of the canvases. The exhibition in its totality is beauty defined.

 From the space within, 60 x 60, Acrylic on fabriano, 2018, PRIVATE COLLECTION.

From the space within, 60 x 60, Acrylic on fabriano, 2018, PRIVATE COLLECTION.



For me it’s all about beauty.  

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x Lorna


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Get shelves - get your life back!

THE DILEMMA

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The bain of my life. I live in a small cottage that I resurrected from dereliction 18 years ago now, in the north west of Ireland. There were cows walking through the old house the first time I saw it.  I wanted to have lots of windows to let in all that bright northern light. As a result I have no bloody walls to store my ever increasing “stuff”

I have got better at reducing the stuff. Every 6 months I cull my clothes. I really wear the same variation of leggings, dress and tops. Anything that doesn't get worn in a few months gets given to a friend or charity shop.

 

THE DREAM

 

Studio storage was becoming stressful. It was affecting my head space. The more work you make, it had to be stored in the ever decreasing footprint of my precious studio. I had been saving images of my fantasy storage system on Pinterest for 5 whole years! Drooling over slim shelves to store pristine A2 sheets of 350gsm paper. With delicious sister shelves to caress my life drawings which increase every Friday morning.

Maybe a subsection to contain half finished paintings. A shelf for packaging stuff. Cardboard and bubble wrap doesn't look so great propping up my window ledges in my hall way, blocking my sweet geraniums.

Along comes my knight in shining armour. A friend with a mitre saw, wood glue and a passion for precision. A week of drawing and measuring and plotting and planning, me dribbling with excitement.

 

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I cannot overstate how fabulous this is. It is nearly life changing. My bestie painter stood and flared her nostrils for 10 minutes in admiration. It has moveable uprights. It has moveable shelves. It is the stuff of DREAMS. I am so happy. It was worth the wait. Get one. You deserve it. Your work deserves it. My head is free to think only of the good stuff, the important stuff.

  LOOK!    Then 5 seconds later it starts to fill up...JOY

LOOK!

Then 5 seconds later it starts to fill up...JOY

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So if you have a mate that is handy with a saw and stuff, do a barter. You will thank me.

And throw out some shit too.

 

 

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