Nov 09 2016 Posted: 14:49 GMT

NUI Galway’s Art Gallery is hosting a solo art exhibition by Marie Connole entitled ‘The Shapeshifter’s Trail’, which is currently running at the University until Saturday, 19 November. The retrospective charts fifteen years of the artists’ exploration of animal and human shape-changers.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 12-4pm. The official public launch will take place on Saturday, 12 November at 12.30pm and will feature a short talk by the artist on her art practice.

Pivotal works have been selected for the exhibition from five distinct series, primarily in painting and drawing, exploring the theme through a variety of images and media. One series examines connections between shapeshifting folktales and Irish animals relating to Co. Clare. Other work depicts a peculiar being journeying through surreal environments inspired by the Burren landscape and the Atlantic Ocean.

Marie Connole is a visual artist and teacher from Clare. She currently works from her studio in Ennis and her practice combines drawing, painting, installation and animation. Her work has exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland, 126 Gallery, Occupy Space, Limerick Printmakers, the Science Gallery TCD and Draiocht Arts Centre. Events include EVA International, Aughty Public Art Projects, Kinsale Arts Festival and Tulca. Her paintings feature in the collections of AXA Insurance, Wesley College Dublin, Galway County Council, Clare County Arts Office and the Kilkenny Arts Office. She will also have a solo exhibition in the Irish Arts Centre in New York in 2017.

For more information visit http://www.marieconnole.com/ or to arrange a visit at Marie’s studio in Ennis email marieconnole@yahoo.com.

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