Class of 2023 • Sculpture

Amelia Greham

Amelia Greham
Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


My work is an investigation into the divine feminine connection to nature and the landscape influenced by ancient Ireland. Namely the Sheela-na-gig statues of the female formwhich hands emphasize their hands exposing their genitals found all over Ireland. Through painting and sculpture, my intent is to highlight their significance and how they are too deeply intertwined with Irish Culture to be disregarded. Sheela represents divine energy and the ‘neart’ which permeates all life. The use of soft fabric was an attempt to humanize these stone female figures often seen as ‘crude' or ‘witch-like’ to highlight the ritualistic rubbing associated with their worship and creating a sensory experience for the viewer. Through research into Irish folklore and mythology, I decided to enlarge the scale to create this giant Sheela Goddess which refuses to be ignored! Through painting I explored the unique posing, exaggerated features, and the undeniable character the different Sheela-na-gigs possess. This is an invitation to venture to a time where and the female body was revered and celebrated.
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