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The Laois Arthouse Gallery Presents Related to Life

Published: 9th November 2016

A multimedia exhibition by Mette Sofie Roche entitled “Related to Life” opens on Thursday the 17th November, 2016, at 1.30p.m. in the Laois Arthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois. The exhibition will be launched by Curator Susan Boyle.

Mette is originally from North-Norway but has lived in Ireland for more than 40 years and runs a full time art practice from her studio in Co. Meath. After a 30 year professional career as a social worker.

she graduated from NCAD in 2011 with a Diploma in Art & Design.
She is a process oriented and multidiscipline artist who uses a wide spectrum of both materials and methods in her art practise. What she is interested in is to take real life objects or materials and turn them by some inspired, secret process, into something else; related to life in some way, conceptual or otherwise, but stronger, more intense and preferably weirder.

Research into the cultural traditions, beliefs and myths of the Samé People in the Northern hemisphere, her ancestors, has given direction to her art work in the last few years. It is a culture in transition with influences from many different directions both religious, political and economic. Only traces and fragments are sometimes left of the ancient traditions and the knowledge of nature so vital to a traditional Samé community.

The sculptural installation of Tatterlings symbolises the deterioration of the old way of life and is made from the synthetic fiber found in workmen’s suits. A collection of drawings and silk paintings are further fragmentations of these sculptures.

She explores the old craft of candle making in her wall mounted and freestanding wax sculptures which are inspired by the old Samé ‘s belief in Totemism; believing in the power of inanimate objects to hold “conscious” spirits that interact with society. The land inhabited by the Samé have been fought over, claimed and contested for generations. The sculptures Inherited Landscape and Subject to Inquiry make references to the many litigation processes. In Whitescape, the memory and knowledge of the landscape are in the folds and layers, twists and turns of organically shaped rags from re-cycled cotton bed linen.
The art work creates innovative compositions with elements of mystery, ambiguity and a sense of intrigue. The work process is a way of tracing and preserving things that are gone or slowly disappearing – or falling apart. The ambiguity allows the viewer to bring their own meaning to the art work.www.metteroche.com

The exhibition runs from Thursday 17th November to Friday 9th December

Opening times: Tues and Thurs 1pm-5pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm (except on Bank Holidays)
(entry through library)
Wed and Fri 1pm-4pm (entry through Laois Arthouse) For more details contact T: 057 8664033
E: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie

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