SUBSTRATUM is a new body of work by Irish artist Vauney Strahan which is attracting interest and attention from galleries and art institutions around Ireland.
This year is a very exciting one for the Dublin based artist as it sees her exhibit her new collection in three galleries, one of which is the
Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise for the month of May.
Substratum, meaning ‘an underlying layer’, is a series of paintings, in oil on board, that captures the artist’s interpretation of the
relationship between the spaces that surround us and our own inner world.
Strahan’s work explores the layers that combine to form peoples’ experience of the world in which they live. Her paintings depict two worlds that human beings, navigate simultaneously - the physical world people move through, and the perceptual architecture of the mind. Strahan investigates the dialogue between these two worlds, a dialogue that is common to everyone, but at the same time unique and personal to each of us.
Since completing a degree in History of Art from Trinity College Dublin and a degree in Fine Art from City and Guilds of London Art School, Strahan has exhibited widely in Ireland and participated in group shows in Spain and Germany. The artist recently moved back to Ireland from Spain to take up a Fellowship awarded by the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo. She now works from her studio in Dublin.
Commenting on her work Vauney Strahan said: “What interests me is exploring the convergence between these two landscapes - a place where the realm of the mind, the spirit and the senses connects with the physical world we live in”.
By reconciling components in her paintings from both the observed, physical world with that of the sublime, inner world, Strahan creates her own language of this experience. “I’m interested in what lies beneath the surface”. For more see www.dunamaise.ie.