Back to All Events

Thornwitch - An Exhibition by Orla Mary Gilheany


  • Neon Parlour 791-793 High Street Thornbury, VIC, 3071 Australia (map)

Neon Parlour is proud to present the engaging work of one of our studio artists and Irish Shamanic Therapist, Orla Gilheany.

The exhibition Thornwitch runs 1st - 19th of August, with opening celebrations on Friday 3rd of August, featuring a Mongolian throat singing performance by Sage Pbbbt and Oz Kesik, followed by some Drum and Base beats by DJ Pharisee Nain.

A basis for the exhibition narrative is found in Orla’s recent migrant journey from Ireland to Australia and forms part of her ongoing search to depict imagery and information rising from the unconscious. 

The exhibition Thornwhitch at Neon Parlour is a wonderful insight into Orla Gilheany’s multi-disciplinary engagement with materials in her art practice. Orla is a painter and holistic therapist who beautifully describes her practice as 'a physiological need', and the imagery as 'a primal response to a life lived'. 

Her practice provides a spiritual framework with which to live ethically in communication with the earth. A basis for the exhibition narrative is found in Orla’s recent migrant journey from Ireland to Australia, and forms part of her ongoing search to depict imagery and information rising from the unconscious. The exhibition features a selection of paintings on a variety of materials including calico, found canvas and wooden panels. To connect to her new locality, some of the calico pieces were left outside to absorb elemental energy – rain, sun, beer, earth, thunderstorm, cats walking over it, wine, tears and bodily fluids. The materials mirror Gilheany’s state of flux, including the use of cheap and found objects when she had little resources upon moving to Melbourne. 

This process leads to the engaging notion Orla makes, that “the act of painting alone has resulted in personal psychological processing and the prediction of life events.” 

EXHIBITION: 1 - 19 Aug 2018
OPENING NIGHT: 3 Aug / 6 - 9pm

https://sagepbbbt.com/

Earlier Event: July 11
Keys When You Need Codes
Later Event: August 22
Paper - A Group Exhibition