27. May – 25. Jun 2022
Opening: Fri 27. May, 6.00-8.30pm
Sheila Rennick’s images are rooted in the context and culture they reference, so despite hints of satire and caricature there is a familiarity of these realities and worlds. In a series of drawings, with neon inks and gestural marks, Rennick’s cacophony of references include aspirational or clichéd visions of femininity, through popular culture or on social media, to more intimate familial scenes depicting a burgeoning maternal identity.
For Commonage, Rennick has propagated the perimeter of the space with a floral border, where orchids germinate and are entwined with other adornments that blossom and rot. The works hint at isolation, claustrophobia and self-care or preservation, and how desires, relationships, fantasies and aversion are represented publicly and privately.
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Born in 1983 in Galway, Sheila Rennick has degrees in Fine Art Painting from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin and St. Martin’s College, London. In 2007 she was one of 30 selected for The Jerwood Contemporary Painting Prize. Rennick was awarded runner up in The Marmite Painting Prize 2016 and work appears in many collections, including The Office of Public Works, Dublin; The Arts Council Ireland; and Country Bank, New York as well as many private collections. She is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin and has exhibited extensively in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Rennick lives and works in London.