Above the Sea
26 May - 23 June 2017
References to time form undercurrents in much of Crean’s work - geological and momentary, cyclical and paused, lost and seized, contemplative and purchased. Her drawings and paintings explore a range of subjects such as family ritual, landscape, consumerist spaces.
Her landscape drawings of the West of Ireland, from a 15 year period of returns to both Connemara and the Sheeffry Pass in Co. Mayo, focus on underlying forms and how they have been molded to shape by weather and time, by geological forces, and by human imagination.
Seeing the land as an ancient and ongoing happening, a simultaneously immediate, remote, and indomitable environment shaping and reshaping itself and us. The idea of the land as a living entity and the landscape as we know and experience it, being formed, also, by us, is expressed with intelligent imagination by writer and cartographer, Tim Robinson, in his book The Last Pool of Darkness. He writes of the mountains skirting Killary Harbour as “Pillars of Eternity, at first glance, these majestic features of the landscape, but to the eyes of geology, they are provisional overhasty conclusions soon to be undone by tremendous reconsiderations, while according to fireside tales they are the Devil’s work”.
Born in Dublin in 1958, Eilis Crean graduated from NCAD in 1981, and earned her MFA in 2000 at Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. She is Professor of Art at University of West Georgia, and divides her studio time between Georgia, USA and Ireland.