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Ruth Le Gear , Artist in Residence 2012/13

Residency Exhibition: 'Polar Forces: the universe of an iceberg'

Portfolio of previous work:


Artist Statement: As an artist Le Gear investigates non-physical phenomena, particularly water memory. As well as using scientific methodologies the artist explores the more intuitive process of understanding these phenomena including homeopathy. Such methodologies are polar opposites but, she feels, that crucial connections are made in perception and a unified experience is created from differences inherent to both approaches.

Hahnemann, who is now credited with creating homeopathy, refers to two different kinds of knowledge: Wissen and Kenntniss. Wissen is the kind of knowledge you get from studying or reading books, while Kenntniss is that deep personal knowledge you gain through experience. This is the difference between knowing about wetness by reading about it versus knowing wetness by immersing yourself in water. Le Gear adopts a practice-based epistemology regarding tacit and explicit knowledge as intimately inter-linked and inseparable whilst realising her work through moving image, still image and installation.

Biography: Le Gear (b.1985) graduated from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) with a degree in sculpture in 2007. Exhibitions include a solo show in Galway Arts Centre (2009) Ev+a (2008), and Claremorris Open (2008). Recent exhibitions include the group show ‘Crystalline’ at the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2012). In 2011 she was awarded a 6 month residency in Fire Station Artists' studios, Dublin. Other residencies include  The Arctic Circle  (2012) Berlin (Culturia 2012), Iceland (SIM, 2012/09) Cill Rialig, (Kerry, 2011)  Limerick City Gallery of Art ( 2008) and Tyrone Guthrie (2010).