Local Artist To Hold Her Ground With New Siamsa Exhibition

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Lisa Fingleton - Image by Rena Blake 2015 (2)

Lisa Fingleton’s ‘Holding True Ground’ exhibition will open next Friday. Photo by Rena Blake

‘HOLDING True Ground’, an exhibition by Lisa Fingleton will be opened by artist Aideen Barry on Friday 30th of October at 6pm in Siamsa Tire, Tralee.

‘Holding True Ground’ is a feast of new work by this multimedia artist, including drawings, found objects, documentary and immersive installations

Working with local growers, the artist cultivated deep-rooted connections between art and farming.

The exhibition is the manifestation of years of research and experimentation exploring the potential and challenges of growing food and living sustainably in Ireland in the 21st century.

Through collaborative projects with local growers, ideas and seeds are germinated, fertilized, pruned and nurtured before harvesting.

Lisa, currently the Filmmaker in Residence with the Kerry County Arts Office, lives and works on a small farm in North Kerry and has spent many years cultivating deep-rooted connections between art and farming.

She revels in the random, dynamic intersection between humans and nature and is unafraid to challenge perceived natural orders. She is delighted to be able to present her work.

“My life has always revolved around people, art and plants. Each day the three become ever more interconnected,” she explained. “Family, friends and community (both local and global) are central to everything I do. I believe that the personal is political and that in order to create a new vision, I must first embody the change I wish to see, in my own life and work. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.

“The process of preparing for this current exhibition ‘Holding True Ground’ has afforded me the opportunity to meet and film inspiring people who are ‘being’ the change they wish to see in the world. They are creating peaceful revolutions in their fields and gardens,” she said.

During the making of this exhibition, Lisa worked with Gortbrack Farm (an organic farm based in the outskirts of Tralee), Shanakill Community Farm, Castleisland Community Garden, Tralee Community Garden, Tralee Community Garden and Transition Kerry.

See more of Lisa’s work by clicking here.

The exhibition continues until Friday, December 4.

The Galleries at Siamsa Tíre are open (Monday to Saturday) from 10am to 6pm and admission is free.

This exhibition is supported by Siamsa Tíre, Create, The Arts Council, Kerry County Council’s Arts Office and Leader.

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