‘Anamnesis’ by Marilyn Gaffney

Thu 3rd March - Thu 24th March
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm


‘Anamnesis’ is new exhibition by visual artist Marilyn Gaffney. The exhibition is a combination of painting, mixed media and installation.

Loosely translated, the word anamnesis means a recollection of events, especially from a supposed past existence. The themes Gaffney explores in this exhibition are time, space and memory. The art works are somewhere between fantasy and reality. The canvases are layered. They are complex and obsessively detailed. The artist combines traditional painting with digitally printed collage to create work that is some place between landscape and abstraction.

Marilyn Gaffney created the work in this exhibition while on the Bullock Lane Residency at Townhall, Cavan. The Bullock Lane Residency at Townhall Cavan is an initiative of Cavan County Council arts office and supported by the Arts Council. The town and the county of Cavan feature.  There is a series of charcoal drawings which includes ‘Bullock Lane’, ‘Cathedral’, ‘Townhall’ and a sensitive study entitled ‘Maimie’ in which the sitter gazes inquiringly at us.

Rhonda Tidy, in an essay entitled ‘Back to Eden’ for the catalogue accompanying this exhibition, has written, “A deeper philosophical enquiry undercuts the aesthetic charm of her work, repeatedly revisiting themes of time, space, body in addressing the overarching theme of memory.”

Marilyn Gaffney has recently held solo exhibitions at The Watergate Gallery, Kilkenny and The Atrium Gallery, Mullingar. She has exhibited in group shows with Rianta, at the Backyard, Moynehall and as part of the Response to Beauty exhibition. In 2015 she curated an exhibition featuring twenty international works entitled ‘Landscape and Memory’, which has toured to Cavan and Iran in 2015 and will visit British Columbia in 2016.

As a facilitator Gaffney works in a series of contexts including in 2015 with the sculptor Barry Linnane on his work entitled ‘Pledge of the Metalmen’, and most recently on a project with Heather Brett entitled ‘Beautiful and Natural Things Live Here’ with five national schools in County Cavan.

Anamnesis by Marilyn Gaffney opens at Townhall, Cavan on Thursday 3 March at 7pm. All are welcome.

Exhibition continues until Thursday 24 March and is open from 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.