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  Freedom & The Butterfly Dance 2013
Gransha Derry

     
  Diane Mccormick Ceramic artwork  
  Diane Mccormick Ceramic artwork  
  Diane Mccormick Ceramic artwork  
Diane Mccormick Ceramic artwork
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  Detail of ceramic artwork Detail of ceramic artwork  
 


project detail:


materials: Hand made ceramics, stoneware glaze

techniques: Relief ceramics with textural detail from fabrics printed onto the surface and finished with a high fired stoneware glaze to protect from frost.

dimensions: 7 x 3 m

brief: To make a piece of artwork for the two courtyard areas of the Mental Health Unit in Gransha, Derry including work from three workshops with patients in the unit.

commissioned by: Avanti Architects and Artscare.

details:

Courtyard 1 –Men’s area
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.-Chinese proverbs


Description of artwork- A line of different sized ceramic birds flowing in two wandering lines along the wall to represent the pathway to recovery and a sense of freedom. Each piece is intricately textured with printed and painted images relating to trees, flowers and the sky. This work includes pieces made in 3 workshops with patients, uses words and phrases from poetry workshops and expresses the patient’s feelings for the unit. The whole piece has a playful feeling of breaking free from the things which try to tie us in knots.

Courtyard 2 –Women’s area

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
~Hans Christian Anderson


Descriptions of artwork- Colourful ceramic butterflies flying along the walled garden brighten the outdoor space and bring a dance of colour to the garden. Again, patient’s feelings and hopes are expressed on the printed ceramic surface which becomes evident when they are closely inspected, each one an individual: just as each patient is.

   

 

 

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