Lines Tell Lies

Exhibition at The Source Gallery, Thurles, 2017

Lines deceive the eye and all is not what it seems. The exhibition Lines tell Lies presented works in which line was employed as a transforming and provocative element concerned with ideas of perception and the act of seeing. It was an attempt to persuade the viewer to accept realities which did not exist. Reality blurs into fiction through means which are playful and intriguing. The viewer is asked to believe that air has solid form and that illusion has real substance. An interval of time exists between the first moment of looking and the true realization of what one actually sees. This short span allows a shift from looking to seeing and from seeing to perceiving.

Wall-drawings, plinth display and wall mounted works, 2017

wall art-Illusionary door-real door-Lines tell Lies

Double Vision

Left: pencil drawing with wall extension, right: an actual door, 2017
contemporary glass art-three glass cubes-painted lines-illusion of collapsing inner panels

Falling In

3 glass pieces with glass painted lines, 2017
contemporary glass art-illusion-bent glass-lines tell lies


glass with glass painted lines and pencil on L shaped panel, 2016
plinth presentation-wood and glass-line illusion


drawing-paper staples-real staples-drawings of staples

What Remains

real staples and drawn staples, 2016
scattered paper staples--pencil drawn staples-mixing real and unreal

What Remains

drawing-bent staples-hieroglyphs

Staple Drawing

pencil on paper, 2017
three empty frames-perspex coverings-complete and broken-translucent and clear

Nothing to See Here

old stretcher frames with translucent and clear perspex, 2017
5 coloured pencils-fixed to gallery wall-lines trail on to the floor


coloured pencils with trailing lines on wall and floor, 2017
coloured pencil stubs-tightly fitted-box-lying sideways

Pointed and Ready

pencil stubs in a box, 2016
plinths-empty gallery-start or end of exhibition

End of exhibition

gallery with plinths