This work is concerned with cycles and rhythm. These works were developed from the study of the sea eroded cliff faces at Dalkey Strand, through observation of the surface of the rock carved out over time through the ebb and flow of the waves. Through a meditative drawing process, I use my hand to extract the rhythmic character of the cliff face. From these drawings, I have produced a series of rhythmic works. Opening (2018) uses the fluid qualities of sedimented paint to faithfully recreate the warbled cliff face. Following on from this study, I began to explore the flaked texture of the surface as it recedes over time, resulting in the 3-colour screen print, Recede (2020). Finally, in Flow (2020), I used paper collage and paint to build a sculpted surface that explores the repetitive flow of the sea as it repeatedly crashes against the rock, simultaneously destroying the rock while giving form to the resulting cliff face. It is this continuous exchange between the sea and cliff that I feel can remind us of the restorative nature of the continuous passage of time.

The series was developed as part of a collaboration between the Art and Psychology departments at IADT in partnership with St. Vincents University Hospital. The project aimed to evaluate the impact on the viewers of visual art.

Acrylic on wooden panel
29cm x 21cm
Three colour screen print on paper by Steffi Kelly
3-colour screen print
81cm x 59cm
Textured mixed media acrylic painting by Steffi Kelly
Acrylic and collage on wooden panel
30cm x 40cm

IADT Student Art Exhibition at St. Vincents University Hospital