Och Ochón is a visual response to fear, superstition and mortality developed out of personal experience. This exhibition will combine installation elements with projected video images across the 3 spaces within The Crescent's Gallery.
Filmed in the ‘found footage’ style (popularised in the horror genre), the artist uses staged sequences (inspired in part by the old Irish traditions and customs around death - such as caoineadh or keening), juxtaposing these with sudden bursts of reflective moments. These ‘disruptions’ filmed using a deteriorating analogue camcorder reinforce a Cinéma Vérité approach.
In late 2017 Mac Cana created a multi-media body of work, Yellowstone, in which he explored personal psychological and physical concerns relating to a life-threatening illness. Och Ochón is a further development of these concerns.
Éanna Mac Cana lives and works in Belfast where he produces art across a range of media, including short film, installation, photography. A recent short film by Mac Cana has been selected for South London Shorts; Moving Pictures Festival, Belgium and Athens International Film + Video Festival, Ohio, USA.
His most recent exhibition, ‘Yellowstone’ was presented at PS2 Project space, Belfast, December 2017.
This exhibition is based on the Life of St. Patrick which has been created in batik and bronze.
"Every man is, at it were, linked with another age, historical or imaginary, where he alone finds images, that arouse his energy" W.B. Yeats
Grace Digney's art responds to the deeply felt needs for a sense of rootedness and continuity with the rich spirituality of both the Celtic and Christian traditions. The Gracearts studio has produced paintings, batiks, sculptures and prints reflecting the mystery of Celtic Mythology and the Celtic Religion.
The nature-based character of Celtic religion pervades the entire spectrum of belief and workshop, which exudes from Grace's magical creations.
From the most part the Celts did not build temples but worship, which exudes from Grace's magical creations.
For the most part the Celts did not build temples, but workshopped their Gods in sacred groves amongst the trees of the natural landscape.
The work produced in the studio reflects the progression of pagan Celtic religion into Christianity. The chosen materials used in production of the work include wax dyes, bronze, wood and stone in keeping with those discovered in archeological finds.
Based in Newry, the Gracearts Studio has produced paintings, batiks, sculpture and prints for solo exhibitions and selected group exhibitions throughout the Island of Ireland for the past 10 years; including the Cavan County Museum, The Waterfront, Belfast, and St. Patrick's Centre Downpatrick. Grace's work forms part of the art collection in St Louis Museum Missouri, and Queen's University Belfast; and has been televised by UTV, TG4 and RTE 1.
Grace holds an MA in Applied Art from the University of Ulster and is a qualified art teacher, a career which Grace still pursues on a part-time basis. Grace welcomes individual approaches regarding commissions and training.
For more information about the artist visit gracedigney.com