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Artist opens up about mental health with exhibition in Town Hall in Macroom.

From Monday the 1st of July 2019 Macroom Town Hall will host a solo-exhibition by local mixed media artist Ann Mechelinck-O’Sullivan.

‘Making and mending my way through’ is a volume of work in which the artist opens up about her own struggle with mental health to a wider audience and seeks to break the stigma and misunderstandings, hoping to create a dialogue about a topic that is still too often left unspoken.

The exhibition features almost 30 pieces of handmade paper. The artist explains: ‘Delicate yet tough, vulnerable yet resilient, transparent as well as opaque, the exploration of this material's fragility and strength are a constant reminder of the same characteristics within myself while the processes of tearing, cutting, burning, bleaching, waxing, mending and sewing visually convey feelings, thoughts and emotions.’

‘There are always flowers…’ (detail) - 2019

With this exhibition, the artist hopes to inspire and empower all who can relate to her work and to connect with others in evoking a sense of familiarity and empathy. ‘I want my work to bring a comfort to people in knowing they are not alone and to show that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet turn it into something beautiful.’

Originally from Belgium, Ann moved to Ireland in 2005. She graduated in Applied Arts - Textiles in 2015 at the Crawford College of Art and Design Cork (the first graduate in that direction ever) and has exhibited as far as Japan.

She lives and works in Macroom, co. Cork where she runs her studio Creative Gems part-time as an art teacher, giving painting and drawing classes to adults.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Arts Council and runs until the 19th of July 2019.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm – free of charge

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