International Women’s Day 2022
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, I painted a giant peony blossom in watercolour and made an A1 giclée print, which I divided into 32 A5 postcards, which I sent in the post friends and colleagues who have inspired me.
The original A1 watercolour painting and a second 32 piece giclée print will be exhibited alongside at my first solo exhibition at Íontas Gallery, Castleblayney from January – March 2023. The idea of reconnecting and coming together again is so important after two years of social restrictions.
The peony blossom is symbolic of love, honour, romance, wealth, and beauty. It is traditionally given on special occasions as an expression of love. Renowned for its ethereal petals and dramatic blooms, the peony flower is elegant and fragrant. The soft pink peony is associated with hope, prosperity and romance. In many cultures it is traditional to offer women and girls flowers on International Women’s Day.
I have also created two smaller artworks as part of ‘Reconnecting’. This started as a spin off of a separate postcard exchange project created by Art as Exchange during lockdown. Art as Exchange (AAEX) is a network of artists based in Dundalk, Co. Louth.