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Selma Makela

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Selma Makela’s paintings reference geographical and meteorological phenomena as a means to explore the complexity of memory, migration and displacement. They refer to varying subject matter; large cosmic events, icebergs, fleeting moments, lone figures, time and weather.  Overpainted and many layered in their making, they depict vast expanses of space within an intimate scale of a small canvas. Makela’s work explores the transitory and fleeting nature of a human timescale seen against the backdrop of a larger geological time line and allude to a rapidly changing environment

She has been the recipient of awards from  Arts Council 2017/2012, The Model, Sligo (2017), Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2017), Galway County Council (2009/2010/2011/2017), Fogo Island Arts Newfoundland (2011), Fleck Fellowship and Residency  from Banff Centre, Canada (2010). 

Solo shows include ;  The Focus Room at the Model, Sligo(2017),Galway Arts Centre( 2014) PEER London (2012)

Selected group Exhibitions ; RHA, Dublin (2018),  Creekside Open,  London (2017), Barbican Arts Trust (2016), RWA Bristol (2016/2017), Claremorris Open ( 2007/9/10/11/13) and Claremorris Prize Winner Retrospective (2016) Et si on s’était trompé? (Touring exhib on Climate Change) Paris (2015) and Ireland(2016), Horse Void Derry ( 2015)  

Place led Public Art  This is Where the River Was’  project for Galway Archives (2018), Comissions include ‘Cóitheach’ (2017) Belmullet, Co Mayo as part of Tír Sáile (collaboration with Noah Rose), ‘Blown-in’  (2016) Headford, Co Galway – as part of ‘The Nesting Lark’, pilot Project for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.  This comprised a temporary site-specific installation for Headford Town Centre, researching cultural heritage of the town including the forgotten history of lace-making and instigated The Headford Lace Project 2016



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