Conor Rush followed a degree in Economics and Politics, with Woodcarving and Clay Modelling at N.C.A.D. He spent 8 years as a Carver at Drimnagh Castle Restoration project in Dublin and taught Woodcarving for several years. In 2004 he graduated with a BA (hons) in Ceramics.
He enjoys working with the different properties of wood and clay. Conor co-curates the collective's group exhibitions.
"Themes I am exploring include human beings' relationship to and place in nature, and their interaction with the spiritual or divine. Occasionally I also make humorous pieces. I have been making Sculpture using Irish grown woods for more than 20 years."
"Until I was 20, my family moved to a different country every four years, sometimes to different continents. So 'outsider/insider' and questions about 'Home' are woven into me. According to Myles na gCopaleen I have left many of my molecules behind along the way. Sometimes it feels like that."
Artist Talk : "Growing and Using Irish Hardwoods"
6th March 2013 at Garter Lane Arts Centre.
Conor has been growing Irish hardwood trees from seed and planting them out for years. He will discuss gathering seeds, growing on, choosing sites, planting out, aftercare and pruning. He will show examples of various seedlings, different woods and their possible uses. some of his Wood Sculptures and the tools used to make them will also be on show. Admission free Tel: (051) 855 038.