Peripheral vision : all that is visible to the eye outside the central area of focus.
Bernadette's large scale atmospheric paintings and drawings are rooted in prolonged observation of little explored, peripheral areas of the county where she lives and also in the wider countryside. She is known for her rich imagery, focusing on the transformations that occur within the landscape as a result of the elemental forces of water, air and fire.
Through her exploration of the seasonal and organic life patterns of the natural world she chronicles the passage of time and the ageless quality of the landscape.
From this engagement with place she makes work with a deep metaphoric resonance relating to our experience of time, possibility and mortality
The Hamilton Gallery invite you to view ‘Dreams of Landscape'’ an exhibition by artist Mary Lohan.
In W.B. Yeats’ poetry, the landscape is just there. He conjures it up with barely a word or two, often pinning it down with a sound as much as with an image or a place-name. ‘The humming sea’, the ‘bee-loud glade’ the ‘inarticulate moan’, ‘the wailing hounds’: all are as crisp and vivid as ‘wintry strands’, yellow leaves ‘like faint meteors in the gloom’, cormorants who ‘shiver on their rocks’, the ‘shadowy hazel grove’, or the ‘rocky shore and rushy fen.’ The words open up meaning rather than closing it down. Equally, paintings can create spaces that we are able to inhabit, imaginatively. They are not constrained by the details of any one story. Yet it can seem as if we know these spaces well, that they are our own spaces, evoking our personal and communal histories.