‘IMAGES FOR THE LITTLE GODS’
She’s been around a while, in her own quiet way. She has been making sculpture for more than 30 years, but this is the first time she has had a solo show in Dublin.
Fidelma Massey makes detailed, precise, graceful sculptures, in ceramic and bronze, as well as drawings and prints.
Her forms are witty, wildly imaginative, often humorous, and always engage the emotions.
Many people will know her work from Sculpture in Context, Bloom, and the R.H.A. She has shown in most of the big group shows over the years, and consistently in many galleries during that time.
She has had solo shows in the Greenlane Gallery in Kerry, where she is well known, and many 2 or 3 person shows , the most recent in the UK in 2014. (‘The Storytellers’ in the Chapel Gallery, Lancashire.)
She has also shown in France, Italy and Germany, and her work is in many private collections.
Her most recent large commissioned work was a bronze sculpture 3.75 metres high, ‘ The Hare Queen’; made under ‘Per cent for Art ’ scheme, for Athy College, Athy , Co Kildare, Ireland.
She says ;
‘I’m a great admirer of the painter Leonora Carrington, who was once asked if she believed in God, and she answered, ‘Of course, which one? ’ So while I believe in a single overriding unity, I think that within this unity operate millions of little gods, and for these I like to invent images. Plant gods, animal gods, human gods, and all the beings in between…… Especially those…….
I love hybrids, deliberately ambiguous images that are neither one thing or the other. A man who is also a bird, a woman who is a tree …………’
This Solo show in Gallery Zozimus is the highlight of my year after my upcoming marriage which will take place just before the show. F.M.