Fidelma Massey

Fidelma Massey's work invites the viewer to enter a world of chemical transformation. The work is personal in the sense of being very much the product of an individual vision, but universal in the sense that it explores mythical themes and draws images from deep in the unconscious. In this world of blue moons and green men we find creatures which are both strange and familiar; the mother goddess seated in a cosmos of floating stars, the horned guardian of medieval legend and the unblushing sheila-na-gigs of the Celtic past. The images are very far from fey ness or sentimentality however; they are earthy and grounded and often humorous.

They are creations of an eye which sees the world as a place where nature and growth are in themselves sacred. For her sources she draws not only on Western sculpture but on Eastern and Classical mythology, and through the fusion of these she leads her viewer to a world beyond the confines of any single tradition.

Fidelma studied at School of Art, Dun Laoghaire majoring in Fine Art/Sculpture (Stone carving, Clay modelling, Drawing and Ceramics). Engaged in commercial ceramics until 1986; after which time she returned to her original interest in pure sculpture, working in bronze, stone and ceramics. She also makes drawings and stained glass.