Paula moved from Dublin to the West of Ireland in 2011, a transition that initially would appear straightforward, yet as someone who has made the same transition, I know how very dramatic the experience of moving out of the city and into the rural west can be. As a fellow Mayo resident I also find compelling the world of nature and beauty that Paula has encountered here and can see how it has become the central subject of her work.
The techniques that Paula uses are both physical and meticulous, her prints are much more than that which the name ‘print’ implies. The process in which she makes most of her work could be described as traditional. The prints are hand pressed and painted with egg tempera, giving them a personal quality.
Egg tempera is a medium that was used by the masters of the Renaissance yet has become a much less common medium in today’s world. Egg tempera is the yolk of the egg mixed with pigment in order to create a very fast drying and long lasting impression. Her work carries a striking weight and the use of powerfully contrasting colour will draw the viewer in.
Paula is an artist that is very aware of her surroundings, the history of art and the lines that both humans and nature create. This can be seen in the strong contrasts between her cityscapes and mayo landscapes. Always remaining true to her style she captures busy streets and lonely barns with a compelling energy.
Having chosen to leave Dublin to live and work in Mayo she brings a fresh eye to a very special place.
This exhibition will be rescheduled for when we may experience Paula's works on the walls in the space of all our senses.
In the meantime, please visit https://www.paulapohli-art.com to see her art and to contact her for viewing or sale.