I have been following Aly McLoughlin-Harte for a while on Facebook. It is simply lovely to have one of her drawings pop up from the bottom of the screen of my smart-phone as I scroll, pausing for a moment or two, grateful for something so beautiful to have come to break up the monotony of social media.
Aren’t her drawings magical? When I first saw them I remember thinking how wonderful it was that something so delightful could stem from some seemingly simple marks on a page and, how everyday objects that we take for granted could be given significance through quiet re-presentations of them. “Placing importance on the everyday” states Aly on her twitter profile. Her artwork certainly does.
It’s not only self-propelled transport that Aly draws however; she describes herself as a mark-maker and photo-taker and as well as images of everyday objects she also creates abstract oil-stick pieces of local landmarks including The Stormont Assembly Building, The Giant’s Causeway and Samson and Goliath, to name a few.
I love how these pieces portray a sense of the here and now. There is something so inherently fleeting about them that we can immediately identify with the time of day or the time of year: a single point of a remembered vision that you can only imagine in terms of colour and feeling, forcing us reconsider our immediate environment and the ‘beauty that lieth there’.