An exhibition called ‘Hidden Depths’ can be found in the basement of Byrnes Restaurant in Ennistymon, County Clare, in the West of Ireland. It runs from the 24th of November to the 7th of December and is open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 5pm.
The exhibition has been organised by a local art collective known as Trading Spaces. I had barely arrived in Clare before I was kidnapped and drawn into this sinister group. I hope to be seeing daylight for the first time soon, when the doors of the basement are opened…
My ‘Artist’s Statement’ goes something like this:
“I arrived here on a steam train in an early morning in 1905. There was a mist rolling in from the sea, and the colours hurt my eyes. I had tired of the Vaudeville scene in Galway and needed a change. Mother said my cholera would get worse, but I knew better. I had the bad fortune to step on a Stray Sod and Hungry Grass all on the one day, and had to turn a loaf of bread inside out and hope for the best. I had the uncomfortable feeling that the birds were laughing at me. The land remained silent, full of buried secrets and crimes.
I reported a large white cat to the local constable; perhaps it escaped from a local menagerie? He just scratched his head and went back to sleep.
My paintings are a dialogue from my subconscious, they come from dreams. A dream is only a version of the truth. I would go back to Galway, but I’ve missed my train and now the railway is gone…”
– Sue Walsh
Passing Cat 60cm x 45cm €300
Birds 60cm x 50cm €300
Land 60cm x 45cm €300