Niamh O’Malley’s art is in some respects connected to Irish landscape painting, and despite its phenomenological emphasis on processes of seeing, looking, and perceiving, it can be surprisingly Romantic. It would be a little far-fetched, but not entirely wrong, to suggest that at the core of her work there is a melancholic attraction to darkness, intimacy, and reflection, even though layering, enfoldment and fragmentation keep the excesses of Romanticism at bay.
Niamh O'Malley. Head, held. Watercolour, modelling clay, oil on panel. 18.5 x 14cm