Beatland is an exhibition of paintings by Dublin based artist Chanelle Walshe. The paintings depict human organs, the heart and lungs, in various energetic states. The forms are isolated, unearthed from a nourishing ground, and offered up to the viewer like a gift or a sacrifice.
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Jeannette Winterson’s novel Art and Lies. The word Beatland refers to the permeable boundaries of our bodies and how the experience of space and energy can extend beyond our five senses; ‘What can balance the inequity of that huge space, which never ends, and my bounded life? Perhaps this: The beatland of my body is not my kingdom’s scope. I have within, spaces as vast, if I could claim them.’
For this exhibition, Walshe’s paintings embody an act of translation through sensation to image. Drawing from a mix of influences from Irish poetry to bog-bodies and the aesthetics of museum display, these works harbour traditional categorizations of life and death and formal renderings of objects, yet they have a contemporary sensibility.
Chanelle Walshe graduated from NCAD in 2010. She has recently exhibited at The Dock , Carrick-on-Shannon, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, Luan Gallery, Athlone and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (Atrium Space). She was a recipient of The Thomas Demmann Award and an RHA studio residency award in 2015.
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February 15th – March 4th 2017
Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin