Anthony's thought-provoking art features in library display

Anthony Lawless's observations on life have once more been eloquently expressed in his latest art exhibition, which goes on display at Clonmel Library for two weeks from next Monday night, 14th.

Anthony Lawless's observations on life have once more been eloquently expressed in his latest art exhibition, which goes on display at Clonmel Library for two weeks from next Monday night, 14th.

The show is titled Tangled Up In Blue and features 15 papier mache figures, all of which have a theme.

"They're all based on random thoughts that come into my head from time to time. Others are ideas that have been in my head for a long time", says Anthony, from Glenconnor.

Newspapers are chopped up and boiled in water as the first step to create the sculptures. They are then put through a food mixer and mixed with flour to form a pulp that he moulds into shape. Once they are completed and dried he paints them.

The exhibits that will be on display at the library next week include Heroine, which depicts a young mother carrying home the shopping in a Marilyn Monroe-type pose from the film Seven Year Itch, where the wind from a subway grating lifts her skirt. Anthony says that such young mothers are the real heroines of life, as opposed to those who are famous for being famous in our celebrity-obsessed culture.

Another piece is called Some Sunny Day, which shows a child evacuee during World War Two bidding farewell to its parent.

Chasing Cars has a young couple embracing on a hillside, while It's Over is the last part of what Anthony calls his "George Bush trilogy", in which he has taken a caustic look at his term as American President. This one depicts a Fat Lady Singing to signal Bush's departure from the Oval office.

With God On Our Side is a powerful work that shows a child surrounded by nuns in a huddle, while a young mother tries to reach the baby. It draws its inspiration from the Magdalene Laundries-type institutions of many years ago and, in the artist's own words, "to mark what went on in the name of religion".

An animated figure on a bicycle is titled Wall of Life and is Anthony's tribute to old people who don't give up the struggle to keep going.

Another more basic piece has a group of people seated on the toilet under the heading Same Difference, while Tangled Up In Blue shows a man playing a violin.

Anthony, who works as a caretaker at the Sisters of Charity, created some pieces with the school's 6th class students that will also be featured.

The exhibition, which will be officially launched at 7pm on Monday night, is Anthony's third but it could to be his last for some time, as he's about to start a new street entertainment company in the town.

The group will be run on a voluntary, non-profit basis and will take part in the Walled Towns Festival in August and Banna Chluain Meala's Field Show, as well as organising an event at Halloween.