Maria Simonds-Gooding, The day I met the Dolphin
One of a series of etchings by Maria Simonds-Gooding, all of which depict aspects of the landscape around her home on the rugged coastline of Dún Chaoin, opposite the Blasket Islands, Co Kerry. Sensitive to the struggle of humans to survive in the harshest of natural environments, her work often focusses on 'difficult' or inhospitable landscapes, including the sea.
Her 'dolphin etchings' are based on her own relationship with the well-know Kerry dolphin Fungie, whom she knew and swam with over many years. Placing the dolphin in the wild turbulent seas, alongside fishermen and with the coastline as backdrop, leaves the viewer to consider their own place in the harsh but beautiful natural world.
Maria Simonds-Gooding is represented in many collections, including the Irish Museum or Modern Art, Dublin and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She has had a major retrospective in the Royal Hibernia Academy (RHA) in 2014, is a member of Aosdána and has been described as "one of Ireland's foremost painters and printmakers to have emerged since the Sixties"
39 x 31cm (excluding frame). Framed in limed ash frame, museum quality archival materials, including non-reflective, UV protecting 'Art Glass'. Signed bottom right. Unframed edition also available.
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