Thursday, June 21, 2012

Amelia Stein

The Big Sky and The Palm House

21 June 2012 - 27 July 2012 at Oliver Sears gallery,29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2,
This exhibition looks lovely - I love photography.
The gallery site tells us; " The Big Sky images were made over recent months in the epic landscape of Co. Mayo. Here, visiting locations that have become increasingly familiar to her. Working with traditional film, the large format, hand held Mamaiya, translates truthfully the drama of light, weather and isolation that descends on this corner of Ireland. In each composition the sky envelopes the presence of man, a shed, a ruined cottage, a half-open gate. The narrative may seem familiar but the technique feels almost painterly. Amelia Stein speaks about waiting for the photograph to find her rather than chasing the elusive image. The fluency of the Big Sky images shows that her patience has been rewarded.

The Palm House photographs were made in 2001 in the Great Palm House in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. It took two years to complete this series allowing time to record seasonal changes in the lives of the tropical planting , the unique pot and tub culture and all the nuances of light refract through the glass of this great Victorian building prior to its restoration . This year a publication entitled the Palm House was released by Lilliput Press with an introduction by John Banville and botanical text by Brendan Sayers. A limited edition copy with a single print included is also available.
Amelia Stein is a member of the RHA and of Aosdána. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad"

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