Siamsa Tíre

Along The Western Shore / I gCladach An Iarthar

Denis O'Connor

Sculpture by Denis O'Connor featuring hammer from an exhibition at Siamsa TíreSculpture by Denis O'Connor with boulder and latter from an exhibition at Siamsa Tíre

I gCladach an Iarthair is an extension of the ongoing narrative which Denis has formed between his work and the greater West Cork environment.

The exhibition includes a series of Denis’s sculpture works which he has been making in response to experiences and visual meanderings of his time here, “Along the Western Shore”.

Denis describes the physical structuring of the landscape as an influence on his work, which references the perspective of the landscape as seen from being on the water.  He describes the experience as one that ‘is not a traditional view of the landscape’.

On the land, Denis’s interest lies in the narrative created from traceries of derelict farm houses, monastic sites, famine ridges, the destruction of ancient field patterns, and landmarks. His work, in essence, brings to the fore his impression of both the topographic features he encounters whilst considering its human influence and story.

The exhibition of sculpture is accompanied by a short documentary on Denis and his art practice, Defining The Line, by Richard J Richards.

Denis will deliver a workshop to Secondary School students on Wednesday 10th of April on the topic of model and maquette making.  This workshop is full.

Denis will give a talk and presentation on his work as a sculptor in the Public Art sphere and the complexities of working to commission on Wednesday 8th of May at 4pm in Siamsa Tíre.  Admission is free.

Artist's Statement

Note on Denis O'Connor's Practice