NEW & RECENT WORK BY JACK GIRARD
Retributions is a collection of new and recent paintings, drawings, and sculptures that pay homage to perseverance. The archetypal figures represent the best and worst of human nature. The centerpiece for the exhibition is an eight panel work that was inspired by a recent visit to "Saint Brigid's Well" in Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland. These pieces attempt to make ordered sense of the worn and layered tributes, or votives, left by visitors over many years-rosaries, statuettes, framed pictures, jewelry, carpet fragments, flowers, toys, personal letters and photographs, pacifiers and baby bottles, and, of course, business cards. Ironically enough, the Catholic Church concedes that Saint Brigid may well be a fictional character who shared attributes with a pagan Celtic deity of the same name, invented for purposes of converting the Celts to Christianity.
The working title for the exhibition-'Elections, Floods, and Wishing Wells'-offers some indication of the breadth of sub-themes.