My current work concerns itself with the collapse of the honey bee population. I wish to raise awareness of this problem for all of us.Bees have sustained farming practices as far back as 4500 years, and are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland.
Three-quarters of our wild plants rely on insects for pollination, and bees are most important. Crops such as apples, tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries are reliant on bees for pollination. Without the honey bee, farming practices would have to change drastically. Hand-pollination by humans would become necessary and lead to increases in food prices. Our bees are amongst the most hardworking and undervalued contributors to Irish agriculture. Bees are extremely sensitive to pesticide use. They are also losing habitat.
Through my work, I wish to draw attention to this and help to encourage bee-friendly farming practices. Could our government and Department of Agriculture research ways to cut down on pesticide use? Could it incentivise farmers and land owners to reserve bee-friendly borders around their fields? Can they afford not to?
I have walked the fields around where I live in County Kildare and observed the native plants growing on the borders of crop fields. They would not survive without bees. My paintings feature these plants. Through the beauty of the forms and colours of these plants, I wish to convey a sober message.
The Native Irish And a Few Colonisers
An exhibition of new work by Kathrine Geoghegan
At the United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2
To be opened by special guest Dr. Patrick Geoghegan, Professor of History at Trinity College and presenter of Newstalk Radio’s ‘Talking History’ show,Thursday 12th May 2016 at 7:30pm. The exhibition continues until 28th May 2016
Canal Bank Mount Street
Exhibition at the Origin Gallery
Kathrine exhibited at the Origin Gallery, Upper Fitzwilliam Street during December 2015. The show was opened by Diarmuid Gavin, and exhibition comprised all new work including work completed during a residency at Cill Rialaig artist’s retreat.
Photography by Sinead Byrne
Residency in Cill Rialaig
I enjoyed a residency at the artist’s retreat at Cill Rialaig in County Kerry in September 2015. Below are some images of the beautiful landscape, which inspired the work I completed there and will continue to inspire my work for a long time to come. Also see some of the paintings that were completed in Kerry.
Signal Arts Centre Exhibition
Photographs from my exhibition from april 2015 at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. wicklow. The exhibition was opened by biologist and environmentalist Eanna ní Lamhna.