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Saturday 23 June 2018

Works are inspired by fairy tales

The Three Bears' Cottage by Gráinne Quinlan
The Three Bears' Cottage by Gráinne Quinlan

Cliodhna and Gráinne Quinlan are presenting their joint exhibition 'The House on Chicken Legs' at Signal Arts Centre until Sunday, June 10.

Fairy tales have been with us in some form since the dawn of language. Originally creation tales and teachings of gods and goddesses, they evolved into stories of witches and fairies. These stories served as both entertainment and warning, moral lessons for children and reflections of social order and traditions.

Still popular today, fairy tales in all their varied forms speak to us of our own inner natures. The trials and tests that are undergone by the hero or heroine, the interactions of male and female, rich and poor, victim and villain, reflect human truths that are relevant now, just as they were hundreds of years ago.

Sisters Cliodhna and Gráinne Quinlan share a love of fairy-tales and folk stories. For their joint exhibition, 'The House on Chicken Legs', in The Signal Arts Center they took as their inspiration 'The Baba Yaga', a well-known character from Russian fairy tales. Baba Yaga is a Russian witch who has her roots deep in pagan religions as a fertility/death goddess somewhat akin to Kali in the Indian pantheon. Living in a hut on chicken's legs and riding around in a mortar, she may help or hinder according to her whim.

Cliodhna Quinlan is recently graduated from GMIT in fine art and design. She is looking in depth at the character Baba Yaga herself and her relationship from a feminine perspective of the world around her. She is working in textiles and dry point etching.

Gráinne Quinlan works as a concept artist in Boulder Media animation studio. For the exhibition she is focusing on the world of the fairy-tale characters and the environments in which their dramas unfold. The chicken-legged hut of Baba Yaga, the tower of Rapunzel, the underwater depths of the Little Mermaid, all become stage sets that are rendered in beautiful watercolour and pen and ink.

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