New Solo Exhibition by Tunde Toth
Exhibition of new work in experimental paper art and print by Tunde Toth at The Watergarden Gallery, Ladywell Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Opening reception: 8th August, Sunday, 6.30pm
The exhibition will be opened by Malcolm Noonan
5th - 15th August 10am - 5pm daily
The exhibition continues after the Arts Festival:
16th - 30th August 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday
“Horizons” is a selection of new work exploring space, surface, texture and distance in a landscape in the mediums of experimental paper art, drypoint and carborundum print.
Tunde Toth is a Hungarian born artist practicing in Ireland since 1998. She specializes in paper and fibre art, experimental papermaking processes and printmaking.
As a paper artist and paper maker Tunde has been working with natural plant fibres, i.e. cotton, abaca, esparto, bamboo, rush, straw, grass etc, various handmade papers, raw silk fibres, textiles, found objects and old fabrics, lace and soil etc for the past 13 years.
She uses techniques and processes which are rooted in papermaking traditions but she continually develops and changes these processes through an experimental approach to the medium of paper and fibre, exploring and pushing the boundaries of hand papermaking. She also combines recycled materials with techniques of painting and dyeing – through an exciting and experimental process of layering and sculpting fibres. She uses calligraphy and drawing inks, watercolours, fibre reactive dyes – often in combination – allowing for the ‘unpredictable’, ‘unrepeatable’ and 'unforeseen' in this process.
She has introduced dry point and carborundrum print processes into her work during the last couple of years – she prints onto silk fibre and plant fibre papers as well as the traditionally used Fabriano. Her prints are experimental, 'multimedia' mono prints where fibres, paper, printed image and painting with inks and watercolours are layered upon each other creating dynamic, textured works.
Her artwork had been selected for a number of solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad including her solo show in the Kilkenny Arts Office ('Land – Scripts' 2009) and the international paper art exhibition "New Paper - Old Land" in Tasmania in 2009. She has been awarded the Artlinks Bursary award for Kilkenny in the same year and also undertook a residency at the Ars Longa International Artists Retreat in Hungary, enabling her to further explore the medium of print.
Tunde has been extensively involved in arts education, arts facilitation and participatory arts projects in Ireland since 2003. She is teaching workshops and courses on various papermaking processes and experimental paper art for adults at studio venues and museums in Dublin and Co. Kilkenny. She has been working as artist in residence in a number of primary schools in Co. Kilkenny and Dun Laoghaire and has been developing and managing regular and ongoing arts education programmes at Kozo Studio and Gallery (2006-2009) and at The Watergarden Gallery, Thomastown. Her work with children and young people was recently awarded and further encouraged by an Arts Council Bursary Award (2010).
The artist wishes to thank Leinster Print Studio (Clane, Co. Kildare) for kindly allowing the use of studio space and printing equipment for this work and Margaret Becker for her much appreciated advice.
Killeen, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny