Donegal artist selected to exhibit at COP26 Climate Convention – Donegal Daily

A Donegal artist has been chosen as the only Irish artist to exhibit at the Harbinger Exhibition, to be held in Glasgow from 1 to 7 November as part of the COP26 Climate Convention.

Róisín Doherty is from Cruit Island.

It is a proud moment in the career of this Donegal artist, who has environmental concerns at the heart of all her work.

Her work speaks for itself and makes the viewer think about the death of our wildlife in Ireland and the impact of environmental problems on migratory birds.

She completed her BA Award in Contemporary Art in Galway and has lived there for 5 years. Her work focuses on Irish wildlife and the natural environment.

Growing up surrounded by nature, she developed a great passion for the conservation of Ireland’s unique native wildlife, as she also witnessed its destruction along with population decline.

One of Roisin’s works.

Through her work, she explores themes such as memento-mori, human impact on the natural world and life cycles. I make detailed pen drawings, watercolors and photographs.

She hopes her work translates the value of Ireland’s wildlife and can raise some awareness of how threatened it is.

This is a series of works of art exploring the cycles of life and death, the biodiversity crises and declining wildlife.

Roisin explained: “Throughout my life, the natural world has played a central role in my daily life, which has continued to weave into my artwork. I grew up on Cruit Island, which is accessible from the northwest coast of Donegal via a bridge.

“My family can be traced to this unique place as far back as 1723. On the island, people are dependent on the natural environment and there is a mutual respect between people and nature. This is an important trait I was taught as a child and have kept with me into adulthood.

“I believe in this present time, as our environment is rapidly changing and deteriorating as a result of human impact and climate change, it is more crucial now than ever to pay attention, respect the natural world and protect it.

“We are in the midst of the decline and extinction of many species worldwide and nationally. Toxic chemicals found in our soil caused by improper waste disposal, industrial activity and agriculture have a major negative impact on humans, plants and animals.

“I create work that reflects the human-animal relationship. My work has an interdisciplinary approach, where I work with drawing, printing and photography. I focus on pen and ink as it adds detail to the work and forms a value and delicacy to the figure I am drawing.

“By studying certain animals, I have gained a stronger knowledge of their shape, movements, skeletons and fur / feathers. I explore themes of natural life and death cycles and reflect on memento mori, fragility and the balance between life and death. “

Donegal artist selected to exhibit at COP26 Climate Convention was last modified: October 31, 2021 by Stephen Maguire

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