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Sphagnum Spore

Portal – an exhibition by Tina Claffey

Newbridge

McKenna Gallery
Open Monday to Friday from 10,00am to 2.00pm

Tina Claffey loves to get ‘lost’ in the bogs, eskers and wetlands of Ireland with her macro lens. Her latest solo show takes the viewer through a portal to other wondrous worlds that co-exist with us through her macro lens.

Lichens become enchanted forests, mystical goblets appear that are fit for otherworldly kings and queens. Tentacles of carnivorous sundews poise like a cobra ready to strike, while wondrous sphagnum mosses lay in frozen waters in suspended animation, their feathery limbs outstretched surrounded by magical bubbles. Immerse yourself in scenes within these ancient watery worlds that defy your sense of reality, while appreciating this ancient Irish wilderness you are exploring.

Biography of artist:

Tina Claffey is an award winning nature photographer and author of the book ‘Tapestry of Light-Ireland’s bogs & wetlands as never seen before’ published in October 2017.
For almost 10 years, she lived in pristine wilderness areas in Botswana, photographing the flora, fauna and wildlife whilst working in the safari tourism industry. This experience awakened an appreciation of the natural world of her home country of Ireland, in particular its bogs and wetlands.

Her observations and unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the raised bogs and wet woodlands of the Irish midlands are celebrated in her work. Bogs are magical places that defy any distinction between land and water. They are the last true wildernesses in Western Europe and are home to extraordinary plant and animal species that have adapted in this unique environment to survive. Tina has been exploring these wondrous bogs through the seasons with her macro lens, which captures this enchanted wilderness in its minuteness, seeing beyond what the human eye is capable of. Carnivorous plants with their sticky tentacles, sphagnum mosses frozen in time in the deep bog pools, ancient water creatures exploring their depths, kaleidoscopes of colour through dewdrops on the backs of wondrous insects. A wilderness on our doorstep.

She has exhibited in the US (New York & San Francisco), Botswana, Zambia and throughout Ireland. She has been honoured with awards from highly prestigious world competitions including the International Photography Awards, Fine Art Photography, BigPicture, Close Up Photographer of the Year and IGPOTY Macro competition.
Her work is part of many art collections, including the permanent collection at Áras an Uachtaráin.

When

Start
June 8
End
August 4

Where

Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street
Newbridge
County Kildare
W12 D962
Ireland

Cost

Free