Saturday, June 18, 2016

Full Circle Exhibition at Kenmare's Carnegie Arts Centre

My Full Circle Exhibition opens at the Carnegie Art Centre in Kenmare, Co. Kerry (Ireland) on the 1st July 2016. The works will be introduced by family members of Brushwood Studios.
It is a celebration and glimpse into my creative life during the experience of illness, which includes screening of some short documentaries.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday till Saturday for the month of July.

There are a few Fantasy Folk Artist Dolls from the era before illness changed my life in 1998.
My four books are available, Into the Light bookmarks and prints, a series of art postcards, and of course my sculptures and tapestries.

Some of the older sculptures are available through 'secret auction'. The highest bidder will be notified at the end of July. This way there is something for everybody, from a postcard for €1, books from €5, prints from €10, and sculptures from €50 upwards.

I hope you can join us in Kenmare!

Some background details, taken from the Full Circle Exhibition Brochure:


Corina Duyn trained and worked in her native Holland as palliative care nurse and social care worker. Her artistic career started with a move to Ireland in 1989. Her Fantasy Folk Artist Dolls are in private and corporate collections in Ireland, Europe and USA. A few of the Waterford Crystal Dolls (1998) are for sale at this exhibition.
From 1998 Corina embarked on a new creative journey, unwittingly mapping out an account of her experiences of living with chronic illness (M.E.) through words and art. Living life in the slow lane she became a great observer of her immediate natural surroundings, which became the way to express and explore her new life.

The early theme was the life cycle of a bird. Starting life afresh as the embryo in an egg -growing into an adult bird.  These first eight years are shared through images and very short observations in her first book Hatched. This story of a ‘new’ life was also beautifully documented in two documentaries Fit to Fly (David Begley) and the Flight Path (Katie Lincoln). Both documentaries are available for viewing during this exhibition. (And youtube channel flyingonlittlewings)

Corina’s other books are Cirrus Chronicles 2009, Flying on Little Wings 2011, and Into the Light book-in-a-box 2015, about which Author and Visionary Sister Stan expressed in a recent talk: “Into the Light is not just an ordinary book; it is a deeply spiritual, inspirational work. The story of challenges overcomes through courage, of fear overcome by hope, of darkness overcome by light. It makes for an extraordinary presentation.”

After reaching a new level of acceptance, Corina’s artwork changed to explore the experience of being more grounded and rooted. This acceptance was also the seed for Corina to attend a year of Disability Studies at UCC in 2012/13. This course greatly influenced her focus in life and art, and was the start of the Into the Light project, which was supported by the Rehab Group Visual and Performing Arts Fund 2014.
Managing her creative life by doing everything 20 minutes at a time, her current focus in her art is dance and movement. The first in this new departure was facilitating the Life Outside the Box Puppet Project, funded by Create/Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme. This was an eight-month project with her fellow members at the Irish Wheelchair Association. The book and short video are included in the exhibition.
Her most recent sculpture (Birth Dance) and tapestry (Autumn Joy) are the centerpieces of this Full Circle exhibition. She hopes to explore this theme further through sculpture, tapestry, writing and animation and film. Her early love for the birds remain a feature in her work.

Funding for a new documentary about the power of nature, stillness and creativity to aid further healing will be sought in the very near future.

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