Ursula Kavanagh

Country: Ireland

Title:  The Stone Series

Medium: Installation

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Kavanagh received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and attended art school in Dublin, London, Paris, Chicago and New York. Kavanagh's imagery deals with symbol, myth and ritual in a variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, painting, performance and photography. She has been exhibiting her work for over thirty years, primarily in the U.S. where she lived for twenty-five years. Now she lives on the Aran Islands - Inishmore. Her recent work - a large series of works on paper, entitled The Stone Series, is inspired by the sea-polished fossil stones she collects on the beaches of Inishmore. These ancient symbols of life - archaic voices of nature accidentally immortalised in stone, with their mysterious, hypnotic wave-polished inscriptions, speak an age-old language with a script and style created entirely by nature.

Kavanagh received an Illinois Arts Council Grant in 1982. In 1974 she performed and exhibited at the Edinburgh Arts Festival as part of the Richard Demarco Gallery, Vision Quests - the Edinburgh Arts Journey, and travelled extensively throughout Europe with the group in 1978. She has been a member of A.R.C. Gallery in Chicago and A.I.R. Gallery in New York where the major influences on her work were feminism and the Goddess movement. Her work is represented in many private and public collections in the U.S, Ireland, the U.K. and Paris. Gandon Editions (Ireland) published a catalogue of her work in 1995 entitled "Labyrinth" with an essay by Gloria Feman Orenstein to coincide with her solo show at PROJECT (Dublin, Ireland). A few of the many catalogues and books that include her work are: The Power of Feminist Art, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women's Altars, Thames & Hudson; The Reflowering of the Goddess, Pergamon Press; The Womanspirit Source Book, Harper & Row; Lady Unique Magazine, Austin, Texas; CIRCA Magazine (2003); The Sculpture Society of Ireland/Achill Island Sculpture Symposium, (1996); A.R.C Gallery 20th Anniversary (1993); 10 Years at A.R.C. (1984); and The Richard Demarco Catalogue of Exhibition & Events, Edinburgh, Scotland (1974).

Her selected solo exhibitions include: Galway Arts Centre, 2001 and PROJECT, Dublin, 1995.

Her selected group exhibitions include: an International Travelling Exhibit of Gaeltacht artists which opened in Donegal in October 2003, travelled in Ireland in 2004, and was shown at the Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris in February 2005; Dearcadh: Visionaries of 1791-1803, Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin, 2003; and Achill Island Sculpture Symposium, 1996.
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