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Press Release - Pauline Goggin
Pauline Goggin Exhibition Ennis Library


From May 28th until June 16th, there will be an opportunity to see the recent paintings of Pauline Goggin at the Ennis Library gallery.

A former graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design, she has been travelling and painting for the last few years in Portugal Australia and Spain. Living between her home in Kilmore, County Clare and onboard a boat, has allowed her a perspective of life not experienced by many.
Combining a life on the ocean wave and her work as an artist has presented many challenges to which she has risen.

This exhibition is well worth a visit during Library opening hours and with late opening until 8.0c Tuesdays and Fridays til 8.p.m. The Artist will give a talk on her work at 6.30 Friday June 15th.

Pauline’s work has always featured strong images of the feminine, inspired by artists such as Kathe Kolwitz and Paula Rego. Many of the themes reflect life transitions and passages. In the course of her artistic career, she has employed various media in her works and more recently a return to watercolour and inks. These recent works are rich in both figurative and symbolic images. Reminiscent of stained glass in their strong colours and lines, reflecting the Mediteranean light she has been exposed to during the last four years. During a period of time spent in Cyprus in the early nineties she was also able to incorporate symbols of the sacred and the mythical into the drawings she made there. She continues to be absorbed by symbolic references and these works follow and echo that interest.

The strong and beautiful women in these pieces are positive and powerful, in their own way, as influential as the many ancient and historic images of the feminine that have consoled and inspired us all through the ages. Images of Black Madonnas, Venus, Isis and Kali to name but a few. To be in the presence of these pieces is to open oneself to the feminine in the purest meaning of the word. The paintings have a narrative quality, story and history hand in hand. While there is a wealth of cultural references, the sense of the interior, the spiritual and universal is never far away
She is also known to many for her work as a psychotherapist and presenter of Dream and Personal Development workshops in the Limerick area for many years.

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