‘MAKE good, make better’ is a forthcoming show by Saidhbhín Gibson at the Arthouse in Stradbally, and will comprise of new work produced specifically for the exhibition.
The work marries aspects of man’s domesticity with elements of the natural world. This has been executed through delicate mark-making in the drawings and intricate thread based techniques (needlepoint lace) in the made objects. The work is a response to the natural world that exists around us, and our relationship with that which is not man-made.
Rather than being an overt statement of a perceived improvement of nature by the artist, the title ‘Make good, make better’ is purposefully ambiguous. The reflexive title refers both to the artist’s adornment of the natural artifact and also to our betterment through close association with nature.
To mark the occasion of ‘Make good, make better’ at the Arthouse there will be an illustrated talk on Saturday April 13 with John Duffy, gardener at Emo Court. John has extensive knowledge of the trees at Emo and the unique characteristics of the various species. Saidhbhín regularly uses tree components as source material in her work and this talk will compliment the exhibition. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally since graduating with a Degree in Fine Art from DIT in Mountjoy Square. During 2012 she was selected for a variety of exhibitions including “Common Thread International”, Oakville, Canada, “Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival”, “Winter Open”, and Rua Red.