Rachel Joynt

Artist: Rachel Joynt

Title of work 1: Guiding Star

Date: 2009

Medium: Cast Iron

Dimensions: 2m x 2m

Location : Port Oriel, Clogherhead, Co. Louth

The Solid cast iron starfish stands on the pier wall of Port Oriel, Clogherhead. The piece weights over two tonnes yet appears as if in suspended motion, playfully cartwheeling in from the open sea.

Title of Work 2: Clutch

Date: 2006

Medium: Cast Bronze

Dimensions: Each egg is 85cm x 115cm. Book: 20 x 27cm (not including rock)

Location : Baltray, Co. Louth

The three eggs are situated in a ‘clutch’ on the grass adjacent to the shoreline at Baltray. The bronze eggs have a dimpled texture and are patinated a light cream colour with spots and blotches of brown. The eggs are similar to those of the Little Tern which nest locally. A bronze book on eggs lies open on a rock next to them.

‘A playful, rather surreal and interactive feature to this expansive costal landscape’.

When the artist first visited the site, she was struck by the “wild bird oasis”. She contacted Birdwatch Ireland to find out more about what types of birds nested and migrated to this area of Louth. She then based this work on the eggs of the Little Tern, Ireland’s rarest nesting seabird, which nest on the shingle at Baltray. She says “it was important for me to achieve a realism when working on the enlarged eggs to create a surreal effect and to try to retain the delicacy of these eggs.

“Mark Holmes from the Natural History Museum allowed me to study and photograph the little eggs which he pulled out from their enormous specimen egg archive. The egg was spun in plaster to get the pure form and finally the wax eggs were cast in bronze at Bronze Art Ltd. In the foundry working with Chris Newmann we patinated the eggs to create the particular colours and blotches that characterise these eggs.”

Biographical Information:

Born in 1966, Rachel grew up in Dublin and graduated with a Degree in Sculpture from National College of Art & Design in 1989. Rachel was elected full member of the RHA in 2005. One of the works in the Louth County Council Public Art Collection, Clutch was nominated for the Local Government, City and Council Awards in 2009.

She has exhibited widely and had a solo show in the Ashford RHA Gallery in 2013. Rachel completed Waggle Dance for NUI, Maynooth with artist Remco de Fouw (another artist in Louth County Council’s Public Art Collection), and Golden apple for St Nessan’s College, Limerick in 2015. Rachel is currently (2016) reinstalling a new version of Peoples Island, as part of the Luas link on O’Connell’s bridge.

Find out more about this artist: www.racheljoynt.com