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Black

Black
Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen,Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland.

Sculptor Niall Walsh finds himself standing in the current of profound change, both external and internal, and he turns to the elemental, brute force of fire as the expressive engine of these new works. The black, black, light-absorbing properties of burnt and charred wood, textured by a chainsaw, feature prominently in the new three-dimensional, relief and wall pieces. the artist, Dublin-born, now settled in North Leitrim, seeks through his work to unveil issues brought on by dissillusionment. With the shift in emphasis in Irish society from rural self-sufficiency to urban consumerism, how do we re-read the landscape? How do we reflect on the misuse of the earth's riches both in this country and abroad? In the process of maturing, how do we reckon the "folly and futility" of youthful political idealism? Ritual, memory and responsibility emerge as possible responses, as forces of human endurance.

"Monolith with 2 Colonies" is a single, two metre vertical slice of a tree hosting colonies of virus-like growths. On closer inspection the colonies are revealed to consist of tiny soldiers occupying a devastated and scarred landscape. "Monolith with 2 Colonies" draws attention to a number of issues - including the environment and responsibility, damage and conflict, questions of ownership and transference.