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The turf I work with has been gathered from blanket-bogland in Ireland. Blanket bogs are not only large areas of self regulating biotopes providing habitats for numerous animals, birds, insects and plants but also landscape in it’s most resilient and durable instance. Found mainly in northern hemispheres, undisturbed blanket bogs have been self-regulating entities for periods of up to twelve thousand years.

The particular turf at my disposal proved to be a fiery, expressive medium which acted upon me as a catalyst, setting multitudes of ideas and impressions into motion. These ideas and impressions led to an investigation into this very ordinary yet complex material.

This short video Terra incognita was put together as a visual accompaniment to the exhibition of the same name – on show at the Kuenstlerhaus Goettingen, Germany in 2016. Music and audio: © David Begley, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

The general structural composition of my work tends to be reduced, alternating between horizontal and vertical sections of ascending and descending movements. The interaction between these movements are often kinetically interwoven and set in motion with various highly diluted solutions.

Referencing the layered accumulation of the source material, most of my work is structured horizontally. The working procedure is essentially rhythmical. Turf, which has previously been applied to the surface, generally serves as a substructure upon which an animated interaction between colour, form and content evolves.

Arboretum cogitatum LXXIV | 57 x 50 cm | 2012 - 2022

In accordance with the laws of gravity, complex and tightly woven rivulets of pigment cascade and intermingle over this substructure; elucidating the underlying form. The rhythmical vitality of the flow can be seen to evoke aspects of growth, depth, origin, time and transformation.

The work might often bring the viewer to unfamiliar places, where concepts like “abstraction” tend to become, more or less ambivalent. See Main Gallery

Born 1956 in Dublin, Ireland, Gregory Sheehan trained originally as a graphic-artist subsequently spending thirty years in the communications and design industry in the positions of Graphic-Designer, Illustrator and Art-Director.

Since relocating to Germany in 1981 – Gregory Sheehan has been based in Lower Saxony working as a freelance Graphic & Visual Artist. In 2001 he decided to concentrate on the artistic side of his creative activities, which have always been an area of great personal interest. His work has been exhibited in Germany and Ireland and is represented in both private and corporate collections.

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