Body of work allows artist cope with grief of losing her son
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Body of work allows artist cope with grief of losing her son

Dearbhail Connon worked intermittently following her son’s death, writes Colette Sheridan. “I don’t want to sound too dramatic but I don’t think I’d be here if it wasn’t for the art work,” says Kinsale-based artist, Dearbhail Connon. She lost her 14-year-old son, Leon, in a tragic accident in 2014 when his head got stuck in railings near his home and he died from a heart attack as a result of the freak accident. Leon had been an only child. His mother had broken up with her son’s father before the accident. Connon has an exhibition opening at St Luke’s Crypt in Cork which is a response to her grief. As a way of trying to cope with her loss and as an artist, Connon began a body of work three weeks after Leon died and worked intermittently at it over the years. This exhibition is like me entering the world again. I feel like I’ve been on a retreat for five years. I’d like the show to travel and I really want to open up a discussion around death. The exhibition includes a sea of Prussian blue, representing transcendence and infinity. There are photographs of Leon taken during his […]

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