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How American artist finds humour in her bi-polar condition

By Elizabeth Baird

Published 08/07/2016

Sara O'Neill manages to bring together fantastical creations which combine all three in complex pencil drawn designs
Sara O'Neill manages to bring together fantastical creations which combine all three in complex pencil drawn designs

Powdered Milk: Keiler Roberts Naughton Gallery, Queen's University, Belfast Until Aug 7. Tues-Sun, 11am-4pm. Until 9pm first Thursday of month.

Roberts hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and this is her first solo show outside America.

The works, sketches, wall drawings and mini-comics, primarily explore her relationship with her daughter, Xia, and her husband, Scott, while others deal with her childhood memories, her thoughts in adolescence and coming to terms with who she is now.

Throughout it all she is emotionally frank, skilled in her observations and minimalistic in her drawing. Roberts, who lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, has lived with bi-polar disorder all her adult life and bravely documents her condition.

She says omitting her bi-polar from her work wouldn't have been honest. Honesty is one of the most striking features of her comic book art.

Rendered in simple line, she adds humour to each aspect of her life from the personal relationships to the innocence of childhood and the complications of her own mind.

Drawn to the Sea: Sara O'Neill

Arcadia, Portrush

Until mid July. Daily 10am-10pm

After graduating from Ulster University in fashion and textile design, Sara O'Neill has worked as a stylist for five years before launching her first collection, Eadach. Finding her inspiration in the Irish culture, storytelling and the beauty of the coast, O'Neill manages to bring together fantastical creations which combine all three in complex pencil drawn designs. She then applies these creations to distinctive and unique 'wearable art' pieces. The Portrush artist/designer has also launched a collection for Dublin's Brown Thomas store's Create 2016, which celebrates the best in Irish craft and design. The commission is what Sara calls 'a dream come true' and will feature four exclusive new prints.

School's Out for Summer

Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall,

Newtownards

Until July 26. Daily 10am-4.30pm

This exhibition presents some the finest work being created by GCSE, AS and A-Level students from Ards and North Down. It's a great opportunity to see how talented our young artists are.

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