Astray In The Reflection Of Moon On Water
Lunched Friday October 8th 6.30pm
Gallery open Monday - Saturday 9- 5pm. Closed Sunday.
Closing Event With Performance Saturday October 30th
Born in 1951 in Hamburg, Germany, Regine Bartsch was raised in Finland and in Syria. After attending the Free Art School in Helsinki, Finland, she studied at the acclaimed Kunstschule fuer Bildende Kuenste in Hamburg where she received both her BA and MA in Fine Art with a focus on textiles.
I first came to Ireland in 1978. My textile professor at art school Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg was approached by a German businessman who wanted to make tapestries of the Book of Kells. I was hired to set up the Ballinskelligs Workshop [a tapestry studio] in County Kerry. I made the designs, trained women to weave and to dye the wool, and oversaw the making of the tapestries. Once the tapestries were completed, the studio closed, but just before that I was approached by Irish artist Pauline Bewick. She had read an article about the studio and my work there in the American magazine Fiber Art Now, and wanted her work translated into tapestry. These jobs were my livelihood and they gave me time to do my own work. I had a small child and was pregnant with the next. In 1981, before the birth of my second child, I moved 10 miles away from Ballinskelligs to Cahersiveen, where I still live now.
Ballinskelligs Storm - mixed media on linen
St Finian's Bay - mixed media on linen
Soft Hazy Day, Ballinskelligs - mixed media on linen
For me the act of making art works is an attempt to come to terms with who we are in the world we live in.
The daily climb up the stairs to my studio is always like entering a parallel universe of intense and exciting purpose.
I have various subject matters as I believe each one equally has the potential of making us experience life with greater clarity.
For decades I have hoarded materials which should be reimagined rather than disposed of. I have stacks of waste plastics, used envelopes, threads, figurines, papers, wire and more, which all find their way into pieces dealing with change and impermanence.
I weave, stitch, paint, draw and sculpt.
Performance pieces are conceived and short films made.
At times I go on long hikes, laden down with inks, graphite, acrylic media, pigment. I seek out remote and inaccessible places of the Kerry coastline to lay down my experience of just being there, on collaged surfaces of linen and various papers.
My work has always been a contemplation on the beauty of the natural state of our minds, our environment and fellow species. At the same time I am consumed with inner rebellion and fury against our relentless drive to destroy it all.
Regine has exhibited consistently since the 1980’s both in Ireland and abroad.