Flowers, Kaleidoscopes and Viruses is an exhibition of 140 artworks at Wexford General Hospital from June 2014 to May 2015. This is a year of new beginnings, both for Wexford General Hospital and the 27 students who have studied first year of Art and Visual Communications at Wexford Campus School of Art and Design (IT Carlow). The works produced by the 1st year students from these honours degree courses are displayed in the new Emergency Department and Concourse of Wexford General Hospital.
The collaboration between the hospital and the college was initiated by the Community Development Department, Tusla Child & Family Agency Wexford.
‘Through our research we recognised the similar features of flowers, kaleidoscopes and viruses such as the colour, shape and texture of them as living organisms. This, with medicine in mind, became the theme for the exhibition. We used a variety of mediums to express the themes. With the medium of photography, we created negative and positive images and blue prints (Cyanotypes) evoking dreams. Through the medium of collage, we created quilts. The inspiration for these quilts comes from images of viruses and flowers, while the kaleidoscope and marble-effect prints portray microscopic images of viruses. The abstract images of Wexford are created by chance by using experimental methods of collage. As this is a new departure, we would love to hear feedback on our work’ as quoted by students: Martin Brennan, Philip Bodger, Michael Byrne, Patsy Kent, Jelizaveta Kirjuhina, Lei Bury, Dermot Nolan, Ian Grace, Adrian Fennell, James Redmond, Audrey O’Keefe, Catherine Murphy, James Fogarty, Helen Cleary, Fiona Gilleece, Fiona Martin, Klaudia Kulakowska, Alyce Geraghty, Aoife Glynn, Ian Doyle, Eoghan McGovern, Emma Hearne, Eva Troy, Leanne Neville, Martin Redmond, Teresa Colfer, Andrew Wickham and Michelle Colfer.
If you would like further information about Wexford Campus School of Art and Design (IT Carlow) courses contact Oliver Comerford Course Director in Art by e-mailing Oliver.Comerford@itcarlow.ie.