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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.

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.

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 not only provides a spiritual framework with which to live ethically in communication with the earth, but also that as a means to support herself independently.

The exhibition Thornwitch at Neon Parlour is a wonderful insight into Orla Gilheany’s  multi-disciplinary engagement with materials in her art practice.  Featuring a selection of paintings on a variety of materials including calico, found canvas and wooden panels.  The materials mirror Gilheany’s state of flux, including the use of cheap and found resources when she had no money upon moving to Melbourne. In turn, 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.

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 August 2018

OPENING NIGHT: 3 August 2018

Earlier Event: July 11
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