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Mayo artist Norah Brennan brings stunning ‘Synthesis’ exhibition to the Alley

27 April 2018

A specialist in printmaking, Co. Mayo based artist Norah Brennan is exhibiting her latest works ‘Synthesis’ at the Alley Theatre in Strabane up until Friday 11th May – a beautiful collection of over 20 framed prints inspired by her love of Matisse's cut-outs.

Made from mixed print media, paste papers and paint, Norah’s solo exhibition brings together her collages for the first time at the Alley Theatre Gallery.

Norah studied Fine Art at GMIT, Galway, where she specialised in printmaking. On graduating with a first class honours degree in 2011, she was awarded the Lorg (Galway Print Studio) Annual Bursary and has been a member there since.

Norah has used collage over the years as a method of research and a way of resolving colour and composition issues in her abstract printmaking works. Here she has brought some of those collages together and created new works specifically for the exhibition.

Her works do not reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. She formalises the coincidental and emphasises the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

Norah also absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. She believes this constant engagement with remembrance is important as an act of meditation. Her works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections – combining unrelated aspects which lead to surprising analogies.

Come along and see Norah’s stunning exhibition at the Alley Theatre Gallery from Monday to Saturday up until Friday 11th May (free admission). All framed prints are also for sale. For further information please contact the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444.