About

I am a very tall woman living in a very short house. I live with the spiders and the newts and the river that flows down the bottom of the field. I share my house with two cats, a dog.

My work is very insular and reflective. I use symbols and mythologies and archetypes in my pictures and drawings to make sense of the various struggles in my psyche. I find it helps me understand myself and my place in the world around me. I invent characters and create stories to act out my inner battles much like fairy stories are really allegories of our darker selves and are windows to the growth of individuality and process of responsibility we all must take in our lives.

I have always been drawn to traditional shamanic arts, they speak in another language of timelessness and possibility that we have forgotten how to listen to. I apprenticed to a Mexican shaman for many years and learnt how to listen to this voice and to fully accept responsibility for the moment to moment creation of my perception of reality.  Now, in my art, I try as best I can to speak in this voice and communicate my vision of the life we all share together and allow the viewer access to my own process of self-awareness in the hope that they might in turn gain insight into theirs.

My artwork has always been influenced by a craft aesthetic. If you love beautiful colours, complex patterns and carefully constructed compositions then you are in the right place. I went to NCAD for three years of textile design and for years after that made freestyle machine-embroidery pieces for framing and for wearing, exhibiting in Ireland and at quilt/textile art shows abroad. I just recently graduated from GMIT with a B.A. in fine art painting and design.


All my work is for sale, any questions or comments please contact me at cliodhnaq@gmail.com or 083 4014336. Viewings can be arranged.

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Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co WicklowJune 2018: 'A House on Chicken Legs'. An exploration of fairytales together with my sister Grainne who is an animation artist at Boulder Media

Spring 2015 Group show in Kings Inn Law Libray

November 2011, Quilt accepted for 'World of Threads' exhibit (Dawne Rudman, curator), Oakville, Ontario

August 2012 Birmingham Quilt Exhibition N.E.C., organizers Twisted Thread

June 2011 Solo show Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wemoon Diary 2011, 2013, also Wemoon 30 year anthology

2009 Published illustrated childrens story ‘The Crow’ (An Preachán) with irish language publishers Coisceim

June 2008 The Tramyard Gallery, Dalkey, Co Dublin, group exhibition.

May 2007 Solo exhibition, Signal Arts Centre, machine embroidery and oils

Mexico

June 2006 Month long show in El Midi, a café/gallery, Guanajuato, Mexico

January 2006 Exhibited in Galería Izamel as guest artist for the month, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Ireland

September 2004 Solo show in Signal Arts centre, Bray, Co Wicklow. Machine embroideries, drawings and watercolours.

December 2003 Group exhibition in Cobalt gallery, North Great Georges Street

June 2000 Solo show, Signal Arts Centre, Bray Co Wicklow


Also numerous commissions down over the years for private clients and Illustration work for Mercier press.

Mercier Press:

The Rhino’s Spectacles; Poems in English and Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock. Front cover and 28 line drawings

The Spanish Sailor; children’s adventure novel by Brid Mahon. Front cover and 11 line drawings.