Kieran Gallagher

Shinrin-yoku: Youth




Kieran Gallagher is an artist who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
He works predominantly in printmaking and drawing but also include photography, paper and sculpture. His work focuses on themes such as childhood nostalgia, memory and travel.
His recent work explores the connections and contrasts between the built and natural environments. An Image, scent or sound can remind us of a place, or a moment in time. His work layers these environments and senses. His drawings begin with reality; photographs and through process are remade;weaving between, dreams and memory.
‘Shinrin Yuko: Youth’ is part of a new series of drawings which explore the phenomenon of forest bathing or Shinrin-Yoku.
The term ‘Shinrin-yoku’ was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982, and can be defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest (Park B.J, 2010). Several scientific studies have been carried out to determine the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
A recent article in the Environ Health Prev Med Journal looked at both the psychological and physiological effects of forest bathing; in a forest and synthetically in laboratories. This series of drawings explore the idea of natural and synthetic forests invading city living.

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