Murielle Celis

Murielle Celis studied at the Saint Lucas Higher Institute for Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium where she was awarded degrees in print-making (1990) and painting (1993).
Since 1989 she participated in group exhibitions in Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Ireland, Russia and Canada and had solo shows in Belgium and Ireland.
She moved to Ireland in 1995. Murielle was part of the Sunlight Studios and the Renegade Art Studios, based in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.  Murielle worked with several international artists amongst others the Belgian artist Hugo De Leener, the Russian painter Boris Schapowalov, the Hungarian artist Peter Foldi and Ciaran Lennon here in Ireland. 


“I have worked in a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, photography,…A lot of my work revolves around the concept of source, ideas of divinity and essence.

In my earlier semi-abstract paintings, I frequently incorporated the theme of the Mother Goddess.  I explored basic human sounds, primary shapes, colours and the core of Irish proverbs.

In the past year or two, I have been working on non-functional vessels I call “orbies”, using local wild natural clay.  Motivated by “Pit firing”, a firing technique that dates back thousands of years, I use a washing machine drum to protect the pieces and fruit peelings, copper, seaweed,…as their colouring.  The unpredictable nature of the process means that each piece is unique and cannot be replicated. Sometimes the work appears with rough, aged and weathered finishes as if they have been unearthed from ancient civilizations. Other times the pieces reflect the vibe of celestial orbs like planets and stars and takes on a more ethereal and cosmic quality.  Continuing with the “orb” theme and using a 2 dimensional approach it only made sense to set the step towards the making of monotypes.  Monotype allows for experimentation and produces a single, one-of-a-kind image.


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