Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney: mergeemerge

Saturday 7 May – Saturday 18 June 2022
Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney: mergeemerge | Saturday 7 May – Saturday 18 June 2022 | Mermaid Arts Centre
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A Collaborative Drawing Project by Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney 2016-2021.

This project began as a purely visual conversation by way of a series of small drawings posted back and forth between two artists. What emerged from this silent contemplation is a grand expression of the convergences and divergences in the work of Michael Geddis and Joanna Kidney.

Following meeting during a Residency in Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, their collaboration began in 2016 in response to the shared similarities of their work. As the collaboration has evolved over 5 years, the tensions arising from the differences in their approaches to drawing have come to energize their work. Taking cues from patterns and forms of science and the natural world, they passed drawings back and forward, both of them adding a part drawing to each one sequentially. Their joint drawings grew organically until each one reached its conclusion. What has emerged from their combined memory, intuition and imagination are intertwined otherworlds…worlds which speak of the minutiae, connectivity and slowness.

This project has been kindly funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Wicklow County Council; Ards and North Down Borough Council and supported by Mermaid Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow and Outpost Studios Residency Programme, Co. Wicklow.

26 May at 9

Artists’ talk and book launch with Brain Fay (Free, booking essential)
Artist and educator Brian Fay hosts this in-conversation with Kidney and Geddis, which also marks the launch of a new project publication. The boo includes a commissioned text by Dr. Doris Rohr and a written correspondence with Brian Fay.



Saturday 7 May – Saturday 18 June 2022
Mermaid Arts Centre
Main Street, Bray
Co. Wicklow
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