Reflections of life catch the eye in BT windows

Amy Forde, Nicola Henley and Fiona Sherlock outside the Brown Thomas window where their work is being displayed. Every window tells a story and the display will run until mid-August. Picture: Mike Cowhey
IT’S a familiar sight at Christmas – people peering in the windows of Brown Thomas to see the display – but this week pedestrians were in for a summer treat!

IT’S a familiar sight at Christmas – people peering in the windows of Brown Thomas to see the display – but this week pedestrians were in for a summer treat!

Young artists have been assigned a window each at Brown Thomas Limerick to display their original works of art. Curated for BT by established Irish artist, Angela O’ Kelly, Art and Style has been described as “a thoughtful exposition that captures the excitement of the contemporary arts scene in Ireland”.

The chosen artists represent the mediums of print, paint, handcraftsmanship and contemporary surface design.

“This is our third year to mount Art and Style exhibitions in all our stores,” explained John Redmond, creative director of the Brown Thomas Group.

“Presenting works of art in a fashion environment is a very powerful visual statement which we hope our visitors find refreshing and stimulating. Our aim is to support and draw attention to the vibrant arts scene that exists in Ireland. We want to celebrate the diverse range of work that is being created by these artists and help bring it to a wider audience.”

At Brown Thomas Limerick, every window tells a story as each artist was assigned a window to frame their exhibits for one month, allowing pedestrians the opportunity to view their work.

The chosen local artists, who are all graduates of Limerick School of Art and Design include Amy Forde, Amy Horgan, Anna Moloney, Fiona Sherlock and Nicola Henley.

In her exhibition, Amy Forde tampers with perceptions by manipulating, de-constructing, and concealing the face, thereby questioning who the individual really is, and what lies beneath the exterior. Amy Horgan invites viewers to her theatrical world and introduces them to her domestic installations in which the past becomes the present. Amy collected vintage-themed objects and uses many from her childhood in her grandmother’s house.

Anna Moloney’s installation deals with the infectious nature of particular elements within an environment or community.

Fiona Sherlock’s work explores the notion of normal behaviour in relation to social expectations and conveys there is no such thing as a normal route or path without obstacles by which one achieves so-called normality.”

Nicola Henley’s work links the abstract sensations of what she feels with hints of the figurative reality in a particular place. Each piece of work by Nicola is also an expression of her inner state, emotions and reflections on life which are both personal to her but also apply universally.

The Art and Style exhibition is running in the windows of Brown Thomas Limerick for four weeks until mid-August.