"I'm looking at Paddy's work in a completely different way now to when he was alive," says Lu Thornley.
"We're left with the work which has a lot of rather dark imagery, and that is so different to the person he was, always with a big smile on his face."
Artist Paddy Jolley died just over a year ago, suddenly and shockingly, in New Delhi. The exhibition he should have held in the Limerick City Arts Gallery last year will now be presented in March, thanks to the dedication shown by Lu, Paddy's partner and mother of his two young sons, and some of his friends, such as Linda Quinlan.
Paddy's work – film and photography – will be shown over two floors, using the entire gallery space. "It has certainly opened a new, alien, but interesting world to me," Lu tells me, about the process of helping to curate the show.
In what seems a successful experiment in semi-communal living, Lu still lives on the estate at beautiful Rosnaree, Co Meath, where Aisling Law has created an elegant retreat for artists and visitors – and there is plenty of pleasant sharing of the more dreary domestic chores. Minnie Jellet and husband Chas live down the road. Lu is hoping to see many of the couple's friends at the opening in Limerick, including actress Olwen Fouere; Sarah Glennie, director of IMMA; Paddy's sister, poet Kerry Hardie; artists Rachel Joynt, Gary Coyle and Mick O'Dea; Laragh Stuart, Alison Crosbie and Nicola McCutcheon.