Killenure exhibition: Rib Bone (wing)

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bones, New Work, past exhibitions

I was asked by artist curator Pauline O’Connell to take part in an exhibition she is curating at Killenure Castle, Co. Tipperary on 9th May 2015. She had particularly liked my stone “pelvis ” piece and thought a bone sculpture would fit with the exhibitions aims.

“This year’s exhibition aims to reawaken a ‘ghost’ of times past.  My curatorial thinking relates to ‘time’, the history / the lives (both human and animal) the domestic activities, the utilitarian aspects of the working farm from the past embedded in the historic ruins of the castle and in the surrounding farm buildings.  Whilst the fabric of the stables, tack rooms, hay lofts / gallery spaces are in tact and have not been affected by any embellishments, there remains a presence in the vacant spaces, an echo of what was once there.  So, it is this ‘ghost’ that I am interested in, a reawakening through artistic interventions and installations” (Pauline O’Connell).
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The first piece I decided to do was a rib bone, I love the winged form of the rib bone. The finished piece is almost a metre long in Kilkenny limestone yet it floats in the air!
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Martin Lyttle is a recognised Irish stone sculptor. With a sensitivity to the local lithology of an area, Martin works only with local Irish stone from quarries or found stone. He is interested in organic shapes and forms especially those found in nature. Much of his work is hand-polished so his works are wonderful to touch and hold. His work has been selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibitions and he has completed large scale public and private commissions. He is a member of FORM designmade in Carlow and the Blackstairs 9 Stones Artists Groups.

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