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Art in the Courthouse

The Courthouse has artwork on display from murals commissioned during the opening of the building to our current featured artist displays!

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Artwork Permanently on Display
Previously Featured Displays

Currently on Display

Margot Dermody - Artist Statement

Consisting primarily of painting and sculpture, my practice uses abstraction as a strategy to process memories and explore connections between human emotion and the natural world. Experiences of survival and a search for self-understanding inform my work through a bodily and visceral relationship to the process of making. Changing conditions of light and the texture of water in resulting images may appear as a dance of marks along edges or boundaries of one landform against another, but I am often focused on a slightly unstable or transitory condition between states of these elements. These series are often informed by moments of adaptation, family connection, as well as finding acceptance and compassion for myself and others in life. My work constitutes not a metaphor but an intuitive mapping of a search for energy and lightness within my body and its psychological relationship to memory, love and material. Exploring personal consciousness and considering broader meanings of light and shadow, each work tends to create depth in which a feeling is barely gestured to: just beyond visibility or naming. As I work, structural tension of paint and surface mirror what is minimal and overworked, as a means to feel through concealed aspects of my own narrative, or engage in an internal excavation of self. Through abstract layers of opacity and translucency, my work asks how to face or find beauty in the shadows to bring light into my life: a repetitive process of breathing freshness in, through the curiosity I have with material. Building up and scraping down, and combining forms through their most elemental properties, I am invested throughout my work in a constant courage and integrity to be vulnerable and be seen in the process of healing.