Exhibition Residency 2022
Opening on Friday 13th May 5-8pm
Gallery open times Tuesday – Saturday 11am-4pm
Continues until 2nd June 2022
Mannion’s work both embraces the tradition of enamelling, and also seeks to push the boundaries of this medium, experimenting by using multiple plates, three-dimensional forms, layering of colour and the use of natural found materials. In her most recent work Mannion explores human relationships with water and how it has changed through different historical periods to the present day. The Keshcarrigan drinking cup, a votive offering found near the edge of Lough Marrave, Co. Leitrim, was the inspiration for this exhibition. Votives were gifts offered to deities for benefits already conferred or in anticipation of future divine favours. Or, they could be offered to propitiate the gods for crimes involving blood-guilt, impiety, or the breach of religious customs. Travelling from Lough Marrave in south Leitrim, to holy wells, along rivers and beside lakes, finally to the sea in the north of the County Mannion photographed metalwork associated with these waterways and collected objects from the shorelines. The found objects were incorporated into the exhibition artworks; the grit and sand from the shorelines was used for printmaking to give texture; the glass and stones are part of the enamel installation and she experimented with adding sand to the enamel powders. The resultant work in this exhibition is therefore a record of these journeys through the County, tracing the waterways, but also reflecting on the symbolic charge of objects placed by people as offerings or votives to the water deities.
Susan Mannion graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2001 where she studied Archaeology. Her interests, in particular the medieval architecture of Friaries of Connacht (PhD) and Plantation castles of Tyrone (MSSc), led to work as a curator in two museums. A career break to care for her parents led to Mannion reigniting her love of art and the establishment of her printmaking and enamel artwork practice.
Votives is Mannion’s eighth solo exhibition, and recent exhibitions include Beyond Darkness at Flowerfield Arts Centre; Fading into Another Dusk at Roscommon Arts Centre and Dormancy at Northlight Gallery, Orkney. Mannion has exhibited work in many group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including Surface Matters by The Enamellist Society USA; Under Fire by The Enamel Guild North-West USA; Kanreki, International Mokuhanga Exhibition in Japan; British Society of Enamellers Exhibition 2021; Royal Cambrian Exhibition 2022 as well as the Royal Academy of Art London, Royal Academy of Scotland, Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy.
She has been awarded several residencies including the Valerie Earley Residency award at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre; The Dock Artist Residency Award and a six-week residency in Japan. She has been the recipient of awards and bursaries and her work is held in collections nationally and internationally. Mannion has completed several largescale enamel commissions including Under Dark Skies which is on the outside of the Visitor Centre at Wild Nephin National Park Ballycroy due to be launched June 2022 and smaller works such as the commissioned piece for the Bank of Ireland Staff Awards 2021.