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Irish artists respond to COVID 19 restrictions

Kathy Tynan

Artist Response

Recently, I've been making small paintings at home that reflect my immediate urban and domestic environment. As my pace has become slower, I have found myself more reliant than ever on the consistency of shifting weather patterns, changes in daylight and the evolutions of local vegetation. I recently came across a short poem called When nothing is left us by Fernando Pessoa which, I think, provides fitting accompaniment to this series of paintings. Pessoa operated under four separate names, posing existential questions and musing from varying and complex viewpoints, but always using the natural world of flora and fauna as a fixed standpoint from which to explore these heady themes. His fidelity, regardless of which poetic name he operated under, was to the visible, tangible world, trusting always in sight and touch over thought and ideas.

This particular poem refers to the silence of the sun and the forest, the many sounds without sound  that are accessible and what is to be discovered when a constructed sense of purpose or identity is stripped back, then is when the mute sun is good. I sourced my titles for this series from the poem, pairing the paintings with individual lines such as The breeze smiles enough for my annual painting of a blooming cherry blossom treeThe temporal yet dependable features of the changing seasons has always had an influence on my practice and I’ve found it a particular source of encouragement and motivation during this strange time. 

About the Artist

Kathy Tynan graduated from NCAD with a BA in 2008 and an MA in 2010. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Two Painters, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2020); Green Like Now, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2019);Luminous Twitch, The Lab Gallery, Dublin (2019) and Atonal Supersound, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2017). Recent selected group shows include The Hennessey-Craig Shortlist, RHA, Dublin (2019); Everything is in Everything, Sirius Arts Centre, Cork (2019); Traversées du Marais, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2018); Trophy Hunters, Dada Post, Berlin (2018); Constellations, Kuvataide Academia, Helsinki (2018); Many Worlds, Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris (2017); There Are Little Kingdoms, Mermaid Arts Centre, Co.Wicklow (2016) and Hands Laid On, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2016). 

Tynan completed a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and published her first book of paintings, Proud & Strong All Day Long in 2018. In 2019 she was the winner of the Dublin City Council Visual Arts Bursary and was shortlisted for The Hennessey-Craig prize for painting. In 2020 she carried out a two-month residency in St. Patrick's Lodge, Dublin and received a special award from The Golden Fleece. Tynan is represented by Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin.