Mags’ work on show in A&L Goodbody
This piece was a commission. Audrey was an employee of Deloitte. She sadly passed away last year aged 45. She kept a journal before she died in which she had left some kind words for her colleagues. For this piece I thought it important to keep Audrey’s handwriting, so I had her journal entry scanned, enlarged and ‘ghost’ printed (very faint printing). Audrey had a bright and colourful personality which is why I simply chose bright watercolours to go over Audrey’s writing.
Recently Mags collaborated with Professor David Scott, head of the school languages at Trinity College, on the subject of poetry and colour. The resulting piece is part of an interactive website www.thedsproject.com
This mural was a commission from the local primary school where I live. There were 87 pupils taking part. The finished piece is the work of the pupils. I had a vision of what could be achieved and I facilitated the process. It measures 5 x 2.5 metres
The ship on this pendant is symbolic of the journey taken by so many Irish people. This emigrant’s pendant features the line ‘But the heart will sigh for the absent land’ that I chose from John Locke poem ‘Dawn on an Irish coast’. The pendant is available exclusively from R & C McCormack Jewellers on Grafton St, Dublin.
A graduation present from a father for his daughter
(OMG yr a BA, I’m so proud ov u, da)
American Football match at Croke Park in August 2014. Limited edition (100)
Personalised Art – This flower was created for a family of 5 children. Each petal is made of a child’s name and the centre and stalk are made up of the parents’ names. If you would like to order a heart for someone, please specify names on your order form. €45-€65
Personalised Art – This piece was created for a wedding present. The heart is made entirely from the couple’s names. If you would like to order a heart for someone, please specify names on your order form. €45
Little article today about the exhibition in the Irish Times magazine. (Venue is the Long Room Hub not Long Room)
Mags recently was featured on RTE’s Nationwide to showcase her Scribe 2 Scribe project. Remember, there’s still time to see her work in the Long Room Hub in Trinity College.
Opening Friday 19 September – 5.30pm
Exhibition opening on Culture Night September 19th
The exhibition will be opened by Bernard Meehan, Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College, at a private reception at 530pm. It will be open to the public from 630 to 9pm that night.
On February 17th Mags will be guest speaker and organise a workshop at the Science Gallery in Trinity College as part of their Strange Weather series of events.
In her A Thousand Words series, Mags used sunlight and rain in some of her pieces.
Although we may appear to be equal at the outset, life experience changes each of us differently and exposes our vulnerability.
In this piece each of the 9 parts was written using the same black delible ink. Each piece began exactly the same. Then parts of each panel were exposed for varying amounts of time to the sunlight. This process bleached the black ink creating the variations in colour.
Material: delible ink on paper 9 panels of 300mm x 400mm
Material: delible ink on paper 9 panels of 300mm x 400mm
In some other pieces, notably Irish Summer, the work was left out in the rain.
” I had been working in West Cork in 2012, trying to capture the summer colours down there. It was raining a lot so I left the pieces outside in the rain a little to lightheartedly let the weather become physically part of it”.
For more information on Strange Weather you can go to:
Opening Thursday 6 February – 6.30pm
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Original illustrations, postcards and signed prints available. Please use the Contact Form on the site for further information
In December 2013 Mags was once again a finalist in the Luas Art Competition with this entry
‘Gold’ was purchased in October 2013 by Goodbodys Stockbrokers for their collection
Material: Ink on Paper
Size: 110 x 75cm
Winner of First Prize (Calligraphy & Lettering) in the RDS National Craft Awards, August 2013
“Green to Blue” wins first prize in the RDS National Craft Awards (Calligraphy and Lettering) August 2013
One of my paintings, Green to Blue I will be featured in the background for RTÉs The Works book review Here and Now, a book of letters, in this case the correspondence betweenauthors Paul Auster and JM Coetzee, written in the years 2008 to 2011. Peter Murphy and Sinéad Gleeson join John Kelly to review.Broad cast on RTÉ 1 Thursday 6th June, 11.10pm or you can catch it on the player http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/
My design this month on the official Luas calendar.
A sample tapestry of A Thousand Words: Irish made by Rene Duche. Duche is the French master craftsman who has produced Aubusson tapestries for many international artists, notably Louis Le Brocquy. He has recently been collaborating with Mags Harnett and this sample is from a proposition for Bantry Gaelscoil.
Mags being congratulated by Rory O’Connor, RPA chief executive. She was runner up in the 2012 Luas Art Competition.
In the heart of the French countryside, in the Rhone-Alpes region, in the small rural town of Hauterives, is the Palais ideale du Facteur Cheval. I had never heard of the place. When my guide, the savvy Sylvie, tried to explain what we were off to see I didn’t quite understand.
“It’s a palace”.
“So we’re going to a chateau?”
“No, no, ( or non, non, as they say in that part of the world) there are all different types of sculpture and architecture in it”.
“So it’s a museum?”
“Non, non. This one lone man built it from rocks he collected using his own hands and a wheelbarrow”.
“It’s a sculpture then?”
The story is that at the beginning of the last century there was this guy, Mr Cheval, the local postman who dreamed of a palace and who decided to make his dream come true by building the palace with his own hands in his backyard. He dedicated all of his spare time to it. And that in itself is amazing, that he actually did this on the side. That he continued to walk 25 kilometres a day doing his postman’s rounds as well as building his palace.
The Palais does not fit into any specific category, and that alone makes it worth a visit. It is kitsch, beautiful, surprising, deceptive, ridiculous and touching all at the same time. An impressive piece of work so human it is almost embarrassing and well worth a visit.