Dvořák and Megadeth deliver invigorating soundtrack to artist Deirdre Frost
Deirdre Frost’s personal exhibition at the Joan Clancy Gallery
Growing up in Inniscara, County Cork, Deirdre Frost “absolutely loved the changing seasonal smells of vegetation and rainfall, the sound of streams” – but she did not paint this part of her home county, because “He lacked the incredible light and dramatic landscapes of the Impressionists whom I admired at the time.”
At school, her “excellent” art teacher Áine Andrews was very encouraging. But Deirdre was surrounded by a musical family, so she initially chose music as her medium, doing a B. Music and a Masters in Music Editing. Then playing double bass and bass guitar, she performed with the RTÉ concert orchestra, toured the United States with The High Kings, performed at the Cork Opera House and in jazz clubs. And only then did he go to Crawford Art School.
She graduated with high honors last year and a very active Erasmus program took her to Cluj-Napoca, the historic capital of Transylvania. There, in the painting department of the university, the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students from Europe and the Middle East all worked in the same space, “so it was very rewarding to get a glimpse of it. a very wide range of their work and their perspectives on the art scene in their country of origin.
In Cluj, Frost painted buildings. “The quality of the winter light on the old Austro-Hungarian buildings was really magnificent.
Back in Cork, she focused on the buildings. She roamed the streets, her sister’s high-flying drone offered another perspective, and her sleek, stylized paintings feature real and imaginary structures. But nature is never forgotten. Bindweed, nettles, foxgloves, which she adores, are often present. And in his new show, there is figuration – his two nieces and their boyfriend on a trampoline are transformed into Three Graces.
Frost praises “a growing movement towards greening cities. I live in an urban setting, but during the last year it was difficult to be in a concrete environment without the escape to the countryside or to the sea being an option, and without any cultural or social event. happen.
Oil on primed wood is his preferred medium. “The material, organic, goes well with my work. The wood from a tree and the leaves of wood, an industrially manufactured material, are used in the built environment. The unique pattern of each leaf inspires me to evoke different compositions. Before canvas, wood panels were a common painting surface and I also like this nod to past practices.
Ingeniously, the large panels of a Frost diptych or triptych can be rearranged to create a perfect new image, intriguing and original.
Interested in “the duality of human beings in a man-made environment”, she cites medieval Italian art, French modernist masters, Akira Yamaguchi as influences, as do the writings of social psychologist Erich Fromm, biologist EO Wilson and the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
“We are organic beings with a deep desire to be connected to nature.”
‘World Blue’, a work from Frost’s new solo show, “represents the collapse and attempt to reassemble our private worlds and physical space since the pandemic.”
In dark February, she cut out images from previous paintings, rearranged them, sketched, adjusted, redrawn, created and painted this new work filled with light and movement. Elegantly structured, its doors and windows open onto freedom.
She works in silence – when she is not working in music. “Megadeth for the preparation of the boards, Blossom Dearie for the sheets, Dvořák for the buildings or Lyric FM, John Creedon, Claire Byrne, the podcasts. Or I turn everything off, open the window and have outside sounds in the background.
Listen. In ‘World Blue’ listen to these sounds.
‘Claochló’, Frost’s solo show, is at the Joan Clancy Gallery in Ring, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, until June 20. [email protected]; deirdrefrost.com
TWO MORE TO SEE
Landscapes: Rose quartz
Australia-born, Dublin-based Barbara Knezevic’s exhibition at Roscommon Arts Center, “Scapes: Rose Quartz”, has a generic title, “Tools for Wellbeing”. Her sculptural work, in which pink predominates, explores “a deep human faith in the power of the things around us” and how crystals, stones, oils and plants play their role in healing and well-being. Until June 18; roscommonartscentre.ie
Eilis O’Connell’s new exhibition at Solomon Fine Art features sculptures of steel, bronze, stone and new bio-resins. In her catalog record, Sarah Kelleher talks about these works “taking place in space and time”. This deployment is always done with graceful and sensual control. ‘Double Void’, a work in Carrara marble, captures air and light. It flows. Until June 19; solomonfineart.fr