Martha Cashman, ceramic artist; Miranda Daly, film-maker and Angie Shanahan, painter present an exhibition, A Different Dimension, in which they explore the transition of the old Wolfe’s Bakery in Skibbereen, West Cork from one state of being to another and attempt to convey the sense of past human activity and industrial output associated with the building. The three artists have each taken a very different approach to their version of the history of the once thriving business.
Miranda Daly’s video work aspires to capture the memories of the building’s primary function through the words of former employees alongside visual imagery and sounds that capture the processes of a work place that is now gone.
Martha Cashman focuses on the communal nature of the processes involved in the production of bread – the sharing of stories, the passing on of skills, the activity of making. Her hanging sculptural pods and movable ceramic pieces on wheels draw on the machinery, equipment and tools used in these processes and evoke the community who used them.
Angie Shanahan’s paintings and drawings pay homage to the building itself, portraying through the backdrop of the abandoned structure, the remnants of tools and utensils – rusted cake tins, cast iron weights, a giant mixer – that once had a function, but now lie rusted and discarded.
The building known to everyone in Skibbereen as Wolfe’s Bakery started life as a grain-store in the mid 1800’s. Ballydehob man, Willie John Wolfe leased the building, subsequently purchased it and converted its use to a bakery. As a bakery, the business thrived and provided employment in Skibbereen for several generations of townspeople right up to its closure just over twenty years ago.
The Bakery stayed in the Wolfe family for four generations and finally closed in 1991, shortly after the death of Frank Wood Wolfe, great grandson of the original owner.
However, the site is set to have a new lease of life with the development of the new West Cork Arts Centre on the site of the original Bakery, right in the heart of Skibbereen.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 26 November at 3.00pm with Guest Speaker John Minihan, photographer. The Arts Centre warmly invites everyone to attend the opening especially all those who have contributed in any way to the narrative of Wolfe’s Bakery, either by having worked there themselves, or having had family members associated with it and all those who were only too happy to share their memories and experiences with Miranda Daly.
Images above: l-r Martha Cashman, The Listening Tools, paper porcelain and polished driftwood.(Image by Roland Paschhoff); Miranda Daly,Bread on Trolley, photo still from video work; Angie Shanahan, Stacked Obsolescence, acrylic on canvas. (Image by Phil Pound).
After living and working in America for several years Martha Cashman returned to study as a mature student in 2003 in CSN Cork and received a BA Hons in Ceramic Design in CIT Crawford College of Art Cork in 2007 where her work won the UCC Purchase Prize and the Scarva Prize. She has kept her focus since then and has been working as a full time artist and teaching part-time.
Cashman is very active in the art world in Cork, having worked alongside several other artists like Tom Campbell (Dog Project) and Wood turner Kieran Higgins with a view to expanding her work and creating large scale pieces.
She is a member of Ceramics Ireland, the National Sculpture Factory Cork, Society of Cork Potters as well as Irish Contemporary Ceramicsand a Registered Practitioner with the Crafts Council of Ireland.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work was selected for the 4th International Biennale in Portneuf Canada this year.
Miranda Daly was born in Cork City and now lives in West Cork. She graduated with a Diploma in Social Studies from UCC and studied Digital Video Production at St John’s College, Cork and Media Studies at Rossa College, Skibbereen. She completed a Film Making Workshop at the Fastnet Film Festival and a Short Film Making Course at Schull . For nine years she was the Administrator & Programmer of the West Cork Film Club at West Cork Arts Centre. She has been an employee of West Cork Arts Centre since 1997 where her work also includes documenting Exhibition Openings and Artist Talks through film.
Her artistic expression takes many forms and comes from a desire to retain memories of the past and the ever changing landscape around us, through audio and visuals that embrace a time gone by.
Angie Shanahan graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in the 1980s. Since then, she has participated in one person shows and selected group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. Most recent shows include Place Space, Wandesford Quay Gallery; Hard Times at Cill Rialaig Project Gallery and Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin; RHA Annual Exhibition 2011 and Ciall 2011 where she received an award for painting. Her work is featured in a recent Gallery Press publication, Huts and Sheds by Derek Mahon; Representing Art in Ireland, Fenton Gallery publication, and OPW cat. Art in State Buildings, 1995-2005.
Angie Shanahan is currently a studio member of Backwater Artists Group and a member of VAI.
The artists will present a Talk in the Gallery on Thursday 12 January 2012 at 1.30pm.
Inma Pavon, dancer, will present a Performance in response to the work in the gallery on Saturday 14 January at 3.00pm
The exhibition continues to Saturday 14 January 2012
Images above: l-r Martha Cashman, The Listening Tools, paper porcelain and polished driftwood (Image by Roland Paschhoff); Miranda Daly,Bread on Trolley, still from video work; Angie Shanahan, Stacked Obsolescence, acrylic on canvas (Image by Phil Pound).
WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.