Aishling's door into Room 22


Aishling's door into Room 22

An inspirational new art exhibition charting a Portlaoise artist’s journey through mental health issues is on display for the month of February in the Mountmellick Gallery.

Room 22 is an intimate body of work from Aishling Hennessy, who describes her style as abstract dreamscapes which express her fascination with the universe, her deep emotional essence, and the natural earth that holds us all.

“The title of this continuous body of work is directly linked to my experience of being an inpatient in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin,” she explains.

“On entering the facility, my art practice was falling apart and I had no inspiration to create, let alone develop a language through my art and a way of working through my difficulties.

“As my depression lifted, so too did the fog surrounding my ability to connect to the world surrounding me. I began feeling inspired by other patient’s lives. I began to sit in the garden and sketch the autumn trees.”

Employing a method that carries her artistic expressions from head, to heart and then to her hands, Aishling has created 11 watercolour and mixed media pieces. Each piece represents aspects of her journey through depression.

“Everyone has a Room 22. A doorway in which they can enter, to become who they truly are,” she says.

Room 22, Aishling’s first solo exhibition in 12 years, was launched on February 5 and will run in The Gallery in Mountmellick Library for the month of February. See

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