Of Place, a solo exhibition by Mandy Parslow, runs at The People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick, from 10 to 26 September. Described as a ‘wayfaring exploration through ceramics’, the exhibition is the culmination of several years of research by the artist exploring place, our attachment to it and engagement with it through the medium of ceramics.
Our connections to place are deeply embedded and fundamentally inform how we perceive our environment. Open to multiple meanings and interpretations, sense of place is something known, but difficult to explain; physical, imagined, spatial, temporal, emotional, sensual. Using Slievenamuck Hill in the Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary, Parslow aims to uncover and understand the deeply entrenched ways our surroundings are perceived physically and emotionally, consciously and unconsciously.
All the objects in this exhibition are made from materials found on Slievenamuck. Paths are explored, materials gathered, tested and manipulated. Through these organic, ceramic, animal and anthropological elements, primal forms evolve from the place itself, responding to temporal and physical diversities in the gathered materials.
While ceramics is often valued for its resistance to the effects of time, this work instead acknowledges the ephemeral qualities of place. Parslow writes “As place changes each time we encounter it, so these pieces evolve from their unfired to fired forms and beyond, questioning the notion of a ‘finished’ piece and instead embracing change and evolution in all its guises.”
Mandy Parslow is a Tipperary based ceramic artist and lecturer in ceramics at Limerick School of Art and Design/ LIT.
The exhibition is open at the People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick, 10th – 26th September 2020, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.
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