Michelle Hall: The Lament of the Jade Phoenix // Deirdre Lyons: Reverse Paintings

Exhibition will continue from Jan 30th to Feb 7th, opening 11-7 daily at Steambox Gallery, School St, Dublin 8.

Hall and Lyons present new bodies of works to mark the end of their time on the practice/theory pathway of the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme at NCAD.

Michelle Hall: The Lament of the Jade Phoenix

For this show Hall presents a new video work made up of a series of vignettes which draw upon aspects of personal history along with her ongoing research into psychological processes. Throughout her work she uses objects, images, details and textures as catalysts for narratives that fall somewhere between fact, fiction and myth. This work deals with themes of memory and loss, and weaves together reflections on various healing and therapeutic practices.

Hall graduated from Fine Art DIT Portland Row in 2007 and has since exhibited in group exhibitions throughout Ireland and abroad. During this time she has also worked on collaborative projects with many artists, writers and curators. Throughout her time on the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme, Hall has developed new and existing strands to her art-making and writing processes. This is her first solo body of work. Hall’s work has been kindly supported by the Fingal Arts Office Artist’s Support Scheme 2014 and 2015.

Deirdre Lyons: Reverse Paintings

Lyons refers to the works in this show as ‘Reverse Paintings’ – that is, everything is backwards from traditional painting. In traditional painting the areas that would ordinarily be painted last, are painted first; the background, instead of being painted first, is last.

Lyons has a BA in Fine Art Painting and Print from the Crawford College of Art and Design. She also studied at UCC and has a BA in Archaeology and Geography. She works in Education, Training and Arts Administration – particular emphasis and contributions being within Curriculum Development in Education.