Monika Kosmowska who recently graduated from MTU Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD) with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, is the recipient of several awards including the 2022 Joan Clancy Gallery Annual Exhibition Award opening at 3pm on Saturday November 19 by the sea in Mweelahorna, An Rinn 10k from Dungarvan in the Waterford Gaeltacht.
Monika's work was singled out for special mention by some of the leading Irish art critics in the national media.
In the Irish Arts Review, Mark Ewart writes "...There is much to admire in Kosmowska's melancholic yet beautiful paintings ...She explains that feeling like a 'passer-by' is common, due to 'loneliness, loss, anticipation for an uncertain future and questions of identity.' This confers a deeper symbolism upon the mundane steel structures that populate her work..."
"In Cois Farraige I explore the ordinary sights of Dungarvan that feel extraordinary.
My aim is to peel back the layers of the town and show it as the home that it is for many.
"I look at sights that many pass by and paint them with the same attention and intimacy usually used in sunsets and landscapes, to show that there is much more to a place than what visitors see." Monika explains.
"My work has always been about identity and seeking a sense of belonging, dealing with themes of immigration, identity, transience and mundane but important aspects of life.
As an artist I want to shed light on the importance of certain, often forgotten topics, and give them the care and intimacy that they require. When one spends hours painting something, then there must be a reason for it, and my aim is to open up conversations that way.
While still in secondary school Monika Kosmowska was winner of Lismore Castle Arts ARTiculation 2017.
Cois Farraige marks Monika's debut in Joan Clancy Gallery. She has recently exhibited in James Barry Exhibition Centre and the Lavit Gallery both in Cork city.