Deirdre Meehan-Buttimer spent 30 years working in financial services before beginning her formal visual arts training in Selskar College, Wexford. Following this, she returned to work intermittently, extending her 4 year honours degree timeframe, and graduated from IT Carlow Wexford School of Art & Design in 2016 with 1st Class Honours. Deirdre successfully transitioned from college and has built a strong participatory arts practice.
Amongst other projects, Deirdre was lead artist on the Living Arts Project last year in Donard National School. In 2019, she was also awarded a Creative Communities Award by Wexford County Council to undertake a project with Wexford Women’s Refuge exploring Coercive Control.
Deirdre’s practice is experimental in nature, driven by an intuitive and curious approach. Her processes are often indexical with a strong photographic/drawing element. She uses non-standard surfaces and everyday objects as ‘mark making’ tools with mixed media.
Nadia Corridan has a BA Honours from Limerick School of Art & Design. Based in Ballindaggin, County Wexford, she teaches children's art at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy. Her work can be seen in The Civic Theatre, Dublin; The Boathouse Gallery, Kinsale; The Gallery - Bell Heather and The Wilds Cafe, Enniscorthy and online her website and social media. In addition, her work is currently on view in the Ulster Museum, Belfast until January 2021.
The majority of Nadia's work is figurative with a particular focus on hands. She is repeatedly drawn to the intimate nature that hands can reveal as a subject matter, observing human interactions in both public and private moments. An unspoken dialogue.
The intent of her compositions is carefully considered. Pared back scenes of unknown figures purposely concealed and mostly free from landscape are frozen in cropped compositions. There is a sense of fragmented time occurring, and she aims for the empty canvas to say more than the paint application itself and to push against the traditional idea of a finished painting. It is the artist's intention for her work to probe, evoke and conjure up faded memoirs and gaps of uncertainty, allowing room for the viewer to fill in new narratives and reflect of ones own personal memories.