Saturday 19 October 2019

Award-winning North West artist exhibits new work in Sligo

Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany, a Leitrim based, award-winning artist is opening her first solo exhibition since completing her Masters in Fine Art. Harriet lives in Dromahair and was awarded the prestigious Taylor Art award by the Royal Dublin Society in 2007, after completing her Bachelors degree in Fine Art at Sligo IT.

"Leprechaun Lolita" opens at the Art Mart Studios Gallery, located on the Mall. The exhibition will be running from July 10th17th.

The Art Mart Studios is an independent art space recently founded by three local artists who use the space to create work, curate exhibitions and organise events to compliment the art scene in the Northwest.

Harriet presents new works which take inspiration from Lolita, the Japanese cultural street movement. She puts these themes into an Irish context by including stories and characters from Irish fairy tales. Harriet attempts to make Irish folklore accessible for today's modern society by updating them through mixed media. She has studied trends in global art and has adapted these for Irish representation.

Lolita is a Japanese street fashion inspired primarily by the clothing and general aesthetics of the Rococo and Victorian periods. This fashion movement started in Japan in the 1980s and has evolved greatly since. Lolita fashion has grown to be popular all over the world. Harriet adds Irish flavour to this trend in her multi-media representation to create a new Irish sub-culture to the movement, "Leprechaun Lolita".

The exhibition is in various media, including watercolour, oil paint, sculpture and ceramics. Harriet also introduces new techniques to her portfolio in fabric and doll making crafts. These new techniques are well illustrated with "The Banshee", a suspended ceramic sculpture incorporating both doll making and fabric crafts. Paintings include "The Phouka", which are reminiscent of Harriet's earlier works and the familiar duality of sweetness with darker undertones.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 10th July 2010 at 7.00 pm. All are welcome to come and celebrate this new collection of exciting work and to meet Harriet in person.