Ave Maria - has been accepted for the Gosford Art Prize and will be displayed in the Gosford Regional Gallery annual exhibition. This piece of work was inspired by my first trip to Europe in 2014. I came back from there with a desire to create a large rosary or decade. Work started on this piece in 2015 and it was finally completed in 2016. It pays homage to the strength, courage and faith of the very strong Celtic women in my family especially my mother Mary and grandmother Eileen May Shanahan. As a child we would go to Rookwood as a family unit and visit the relatives graves and clean them and then have a picnic on site. My grandmother Eileen would call the clan together to say a decade of the rosary for the ancestors. Making the beads was interesting as I scoured my stamp collection looking for images depicting iconic images of Mary and child and also cut and decoupage holy pictures that were my mums and grandmothers onto the surface. Then drilling holes to create area for the wire to go through hand turning ends so I could then create links. The palings were significant coming from the old gate at Rose Cottage Mulbring and the copper caps on the cross from an old piece of copper from a hundred year old building at Gulgong salvaged by a friend and gifted on a visit. The base is from an old turpentine tree. Go along and view this in situ on Friday night 23.9.2016 for yourself and the incredible collection of work from artists all over covering, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking . I feel privileged to be selected.
Life experiences past and present, senses and a desire to combine what I learn with my knowledge, are used to create contemporary images.