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Visual  Artist

MARY
WALLACE

    

IKEBANA

In 2018 I began a new body of work 'Sakura' meaning cherry blossom.  Bringing the beauty of nature to my kintsugi bowls.  Fascinated by cherry blossoms ever since I was a little girl I anticipate their arrival each year.  These delicate and ephemeral flowers, deeply imbued with symbolism and meaning, represent fragility, resilience, beauty and the preciousness of life.  Such attributes sit easily with the principles of wabisabi.

Now I am also looking at native Irish trees,especially the ones that blossom or display catkins on bare branches like hazel and willow. The elegance of Japanese pottery meets the Irish landscape... to create an East West fusion in a subtle and charming way.

There's a myriad of trees that bloom here in Ireland - not only cherry but apple, pear, peach, plum, damson, hawthorn, whitethorn, blackthorn... and many, many more.  I like the idea of bringing this new element into my work.  I also enjoy researching the symbolic meaning and mythical stories around trees.  Having a story holds an extra dimension to connect with a painting – for the artist and the viewer.

Ikebana  the Japanese art of arranging blossoms, branches, leaves and stems -  which aims to bring out their inner qualities and express emotion.

I regularly add to this online collection. At any given time there are a number of pieces in various stages of readiness. Click the enquire button or give me a call if there is a particular blossom type or colour combination which appeals to you,  or you are interested in any of the paintings listed below.  

Details for all paintings in this collection


Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
Dimensions 30 x 30cm
€520

 








Smeara Dhubha
Blackberries

Mogoir Rois
Roships

Sceach Gheal
Hawthorn

Ceannbhan Bog

Bod Cotton


Deora De
Fuchsia







   SAKURA III ©
   Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
   Dimensions 30 x 30cm
   €520

Sailchearnach

Pussy Willow



UME NO HANA III ©
Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
Dimensions 30 x 30cm
€520

MOMO NO HANA ©

Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
Dimensions 30 x 30cm

€520           

SAKURA ©
Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
Dimensions 30 x 30cm                                                       
€520                                                       
 
SAKURA II ©
Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
Dimensions 30 x 30cm
€520           
      APURIKOTTO NO HANA  ©
   Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
   Dimensions 30 x 30cm
   €520              
 
Mimosa ©
Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
Dimensions 30 x 30cm
€520








   Caitín Coill ©
   Mixed Media - Beeswax, pigments, gold
   Dimensions 30 x 30cm
   €520