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Get to Know the Artists : Margaret Cahill

We know that our discerning customers love fine food and travel as well as art, so we asked our artists to share some thoughts with us. Here is the fourth in our series: Margaret Cahill

1/ If you could own one work of art, money no object, from any time in history what would it be and why? 'Grande Riviere' by Peter Doig as there is so much in the painting , detail, narrative, colour and a sense of joy in the physicality of the medium of oil paint

2/ Describe your favourite meal. Very hot day in Venice. A small square hidden away. One tiny food bar set into the wall surrounded by a lunchtime crowd of italian office workers standing or sitting on high stools. A plate with a selection of salamis,roast peppers, asparagus, green beans, tomatoes in olive oil, a chunk of fresh bread and a glass of chilled white wine - heaven!

3/ If you could live anywhere else in the country, the world, the universe, where would that be and why? Rome or Florence for the art, food, history and weather

Margaret Cahill is an artist working at Rogue Studios in Manchester.

Margaret’s work is concerned with themes of history and memory and reflects on the nature of our relationship to landscape in a world of conflict, displacement and instability.

She uses her own photographs as source material as well as appropriated images from a variety of media. These images are the principal sources for series of paintings that are informed by a particular place yet allow for a universal resonance. They explore the possibility of multi-layered narratives:  the sense of places known and unknown - incidents remembered and imagined - the elusive nature of memory, both collective and personal.

Her ongoing preoccupation with abandoned places has resulted in travels to Central and Eastern Europe where she has worked in places such as Kosovo, an ex Soviet Military Airbase in Estonia and the 1936 Olympic Games athletes village in Berlin.

Margaret will be exhibiting with us at this years Manchester Art Fair in October. Come and see us on stand 230.

Backwater, oil and mixed media on canvas board

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