"WHICH one of ye is the artist?" is a question often levelled towards sisters Deirdre and Ciara McKenna who hail from Cuilín, Dingle.
The answer to the question is ' both', which will be definitively answered this Friday night as the sisters unveil a joint exhibition in Dingle arts centre An Lab (which is located in the old CBS building on John Street).
Entitled 'Drochscéal ar an Drochshaol - A Bad Story About The Hard Life', the joint exhibition pays homage to Myles na gCopaleen's satirical novel An Béal Bocht, and explores what the artists themselves describe as, the "culture of greed ever-present in society".
In this exhibition, the Corca Dhuibhne based artists will explore the fictional 'Corca Dhorca' (the allegorical Gaeltacht where the novel is set) through a collection of drawings and paintings which will be hung in the straw bale round house, located to the rear of An Lab.
In her series of paintings entitled 'Cé Sinne? / Who Are We?' Ciara's work questions the relevance of An Béal Bocht in Irish culture today.
"I will be asking whether recent generations have turned their backs on the older, simpler and perhaps wiser ways portrayed in An Béal Bocht," explained Ciara, who will compare images and ideals of the stereotypical image of Ireland portrayed by Myles na gCopaleen, with post- Celtic Ireland.
In contrast to Ciara's large colourful pieces, Deirdre has produced a series of small drawings depicting some of the more farcical scenes from An Béal Bocht.
"These drawings will feature fishermen catching pigs in their nets, the man who went off to live with the seals and - something we can all relate to - the shock of seeing a ray of sunshine in the midst of all the rain!" said Deirdre.
There is no doubt that in the hot bed of artistic endeavour and activity that is Corca Dhuibhne, a joint exhibition by these talented sisters is something that people have been eager to see for a long time.
'Drochscéal ar an Drochshaol - A Bad Story About The Hard Life' will be unveiled this Friday night at 7pm in the Straw Bale House at An Lab and all are welcome to attend.