A Thousand Words is a series of images in pen, ink and rain on paper. Each piece is a vibrant palimpsest of time and colour; themes central to the artist's work. Mags Harnett transcribes thoughts as they flow on to the page in a stream of consciousness style, instinctively linking colour to sound, emotions, the world around her. In this series each piece represents a length of time in life and a reflection of moods or observations. Layers of text in different shades of colour are superimposed on one another to create a palimpsest on each page. These words woven together create a concentration of text and colour.
Mags Harnett worked briefly in advertising in Dublin before going to live in Paris and later Cologne . She read French and German at Trinity College Dublin graduating with an honors degree in 1998 and went on to study Fine Art for five years at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Tours, France, where she graduated with an honors degree in 2005. She joined the Bled group of artists in Saint Pierre des Corps in 2009 and worked as an independent translator and teacher (University Francois Rabelais and L'Ecole Brassart in Tours) before returning to her native Dublin in 2011 where she lives with her two children and works in her studio-attic.
A Thousand Words an exhibition by Mags Harnett runs in the Archive, upstairs at The Copper House Gallery from 5th September - 22nd September 2012. Admission is free and all are welcome.