or proud and prejudiced Mr. Darcy, dancing “common in less polished societies around the world; Any barbarian can jump.” In contrast, artist Ciara Lee praised dance as “a joy accessible to all, those with low incomes and above”, and said “dance with emotion is dancing in a barbaric manner”. “.
Lee said, “Those who use choreography as a means of expressing joy, anger, sadness, are better dancers. People worried about how they would look on the dance floor – who were afraid of looking silly – had lost sight of the ‘why’ of the dance. “
Lee has always loved to dance but despises being taught how to dance, “that’s why Irish dance classes are shutting down so early”. Her teenage dance scene, “fists and two steps”, was “embarrassing” but the dance floor became a playground when she went clubbing at The Twisted Pepper, Workmans, The Globe, County 8 and, her favorite place – the NCAD ball, and later, at Griessmuehle in Berlin, where she lived for 5 years. And dance is an important subject in her recent paintings.
Lee’s father is Garda, her mother works for the Union of University Teachers of Ireland and, “although my father says all my talent comes from him”, she says an uncle has self-taught piano and Lee’s grandmother, of Ballyshannon, who took over the painting when her 11 children were upbred, made an impact. Growing up in Dublin, Lee’s house was “covered with her grandmother’s sea paintings”.
Lee drew “when I was very young” and at St Louis High School “my wonderful teacher Mrs. Gaynor taught me to really look at what I was drawing and see it in detail”. NCAD exceeded all expectations.
“Being surrounded by so many creative people is unbelievable. Ideas and thoughts were discussed continuously. It feels like living in a notebook, mostly peer-to-peer learning, talking with a tutor feels like talking to friends. It was the first organization that didn’t seem to have a hierarchy. “
Lee didn’t draw until art college. Her subject at the time was “big nude pictures of women; big because there’s more skin to draw. Skin still fascinates me and I have always been drawn to figurative paintings.”
“Balter”, selected for this year’s RHA Annual Show, features five dancing figures “shot from multiple locations”. Lee danced and took pictures, “my fingers on the buttons, my arms waving, bending to them”.
That balter means ‘dance artistically but with real enjoyment’ despite that ancient tradition where a woman is asked to dance by a man.
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“People dance for themselves, to express pleasure rather than to attract others. Finding a life partner is no longer considered the main goal in modern society. Goals are often career-oriented. Finding someone to love is the cherry on top of a good life. This is reflected on the dance floor as priorities have changed. “
The two characters wearing baseball caps in ‘Balter’ are together and apart. Another face is obscured; of two other dancers, we only see the hands. “Whether they make eye contact with me or not doesn’t matter to me. People have a perceived neighborhood when in a crowd, similar to a flock of starlings. “
The rose-red background is “intentionally flat. It could be anywhere. The space I have created is a virtual space. It’s important that people come into contact with people of different backgrounds, genders, ethnicities and classes, and this playful way is important for mental health.”
Mr. Darcy, put on your dancing shoes.
Showing: Two to see
Julie Cusack and Clare Scott
The gathering of two: de / Site
Using recycled wood, paper, cardboard and old paintings, artists Cusack and Scott will create an installation in the gallery during the first two weeks of August. Visitors are invited to see the work in progress as the artists will deconstruct and reassemble their painting and installation activities. The finished work will be viewed on August 15.
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Waterford, until August 20
Sean Keating & others
As they must have
During the 11th July 1921 armistice during the War of Independence, members of the North Cork Brigade visited Keating’s studio in Dublin. “They were military, dressed and heavily armed because they were certainly ambushed many times,” says Keating, and his group portrait, ‘Men of the South, 1922- 2022’, now part of a centennial exhibition of artworks in May. Guinness, John Lavery, Mainie Jellett and many others.
Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, until September 25
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/theatre-arts/what-lies-beneath-groove-is-in-the-art-for-dancing-painter-ciara-lee-41894095.html What lies underneath: Groove is art for dance artist Ciara Lee