Mckenna Gallery

Artwork currently showing

Click on the thumbnails for a closer look

Snow and Ice Three Stacks over Kerry Bog Snow Skies Cragmoher First Snow Blue Skies Over Dark Bog Rath Cragmoher Snowfields Applevale Dark Bog Soft Light over Kerry Bog Derra Bog Water and Ground Red Bog Connemara Badge Set Cragmoher Noras Green Sheds in Snow Tall Skies over Bog Evening Wave Bishops Quarter February Snow on Badger Hill

« Back to artist list

Kaye Maahs

Artist profile

'Water and Ground'  May 2018.
The title for this exhibition 'Water and Ground' is taken from The Peninsula by Seamus Heaney, a poem wherein Heaney urges us to drive out for a day, out around the peninsula, to soak up what lies out there, and then much later as we journey home, he asks us to sum up the day’s experience, as such to draw up an inventory of the moments, places and objects that have registered with us on our journey.     
      ‘Now recall
     The glazed foreshore and silhouetted log.
     That rock where breakers shredded into rags,
     The leggy birds stilted on their own legs,
     Islands riding themselves out into the fog.’
 From here Heaney suggests that we will be able to decipher what we have seen;

     ‘Now you will uncode all landscapes
     By this; things founded clean on their own shapes
     Water and ground in their extremity.’    
Like Heaney moments and instances founded in memory feed my practice. Un-coding, simplifying and transcribing experiences from journeys out is common place.  Bringing forth from memory that initial observation, and trying to render it in its purest form through the language of paint is my challenge.

The paintings within this exhibition ‘Water and Ground’ are recollections from excursions out, either by car or on foot.  Some more recent than others but all relate to an experience of place.
Emerging artist Kaye Maahs is a native of Kerry who lives and works in the Burren, County Clare.  She received a BA in Fine Art from CCAM GMIT, Galway in 2015.  She is the recipient of Clare County Council's Tyrone Guthrie Artist Bursary Award 2017 and has recently been awarded a two week residency at the Heinrich Böll Cottage Residency on Achill Island, Mayo for 2019.

Recent shows include Hermione 2018, VUE Art Fair RHA Dublin, Kerry Visual Artist Showcase 2017 Killarney, Cairde Visual Sligo, Claremorris Open Exhibition 2017 Mayo, Facing West Boyle Arts Festival Roscommon and the 9 Walls exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Gallery in Sligo.

In 2017 Kaye had two successful solo exhibitions at Claremorris Gallery, County Mayo and the Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.  Kaye has an upcoming solo show in May at McKenna Gallery, Omagh, Co. Tyrone.

Kaye's work is rooted in both the local and the personal.  Her practice is defined by daily observations and musings. It is the residue of these moments that informs her work.

Website design : splash-e graphics | © McKenna Gallery 2012