Exhibition – There Will Come Soft Rains


THE MIDDLE FLOOR SERIES

– There Will Come Soft Rains –

 
TOM RICKMAN
HEIDE WICKHAM &
EAMON REGAN



There Will Come Soft Rains

Sara Teasdale

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum-trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

There Will Come Soft Rains’ is an exhibition that sees artists Tom Rickman, Heidi Wickham and Eamon Regan mimic Sara Teasdale’s six rhyming couplets. A delicate, lyrical poem, it describes nature’s transcendence over man’s devastations, and speaks of the irony that man’s progress has brought to modern society; both its advancement and destruction. While Teasdale imagines a time when mankind has ‘perished utterly’ she moves directly to a calm, confident prediction of ‘soft rains’, and simply asserts that nature will prevail and it will neither ‘care’ nor ‘mind’ about the destruction of mankind.

In this exhibition the artists celebrate Mother Natures enduring strength and her inherent beauty. Placing the spectacular Dingle peninsula forefront, each pay homage to her natural life force and to the many ordinary and extraordinary aspects of primal life. In a series of atmospheric seascapes Tom wonders at our awe inspiring landscape and transforms place into something that goes beyond the visual. Heidi captures our indigenous animals as totemic worldly beings, and Eamon explores humble pre-modern dwellings in paired back architectural paintings that resonate a sense of home and place. Each exhibiting artist’s work instils a sense of Mother Nature’s tranquil essence. They illustrate the importance of sustaining our landscape, heritage and animal life, emphasising an entirety that is uniquely special and which continues to prevail, but reminding us too that –

‘Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.’

 


Tom Rickman, ‘Conor From Clogher Head, Oil on Panel, 61 x 91 cm, €2,200

Eamon Regan, ‘Strand Street, Dingle’, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, €750

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Heidi Wickham, ‘Small Hare on Black II’, Mixed Media  on Canvas, 25 x 30 cm, €395

Exhibition, Tues 30th October – Mon 12th November