Mette Sofie Roche b. 1948

Mette Sofie Roche, originally from North-Norway, but living in Ireland for the past 40+ years, currently in a restored barn in Co. Meath, where she also has her studio. A restored schoolhouse in the North of Norway serves as a second studio during the summer.

She was a member of the Old Schoolhouse Art Group in Dunboyne since its foundation in 2001 until it disbaned in 2012. and of the Meath Arts Group since 2007. She has exhibited extensively with them in and around Co. Meath. Since she retired from a professional career as a social worker in 2008 she enrolled in formal art education as well as establishing a full time art practise.

With fellow NCAD Diploma graduates she formed INEX, a contemporary art collective with a base in Dublin. The group has exhibited annually since 2012 in different venues in Dublin and Co. Kilkenny.

When Connolly Collective was founded in 20015 she was invited to join. The group is based at Connolly Hospita, Blanchardstown and came about as a respons to the 60th anniversary of the Hospital. The group consists of hospital staff who are also artists and invited visual artists. They believe that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulate our sense of identity and creativity. They aim to improve the hospital experience of patients, staff and visitors by promoting the benefits of art in health.The group have so far established a permanent gallery, The Stairwell Gallery, at the Aministration building as well as displaying art in numerouse places around the hospital.

She is a member of VAI and Feltmakers Ireland.

Her paintings and sculptures are in many private collections in Norway, England, Holland and Ireland. A commissioned painting is in a government building in Navan and she is included  in the  Meath Co. Co. art collection. She features in ’Profiles in Felt” a publication by Feltmakers Ireland.

Artist's  Statement

Mette Sofie Roche is a prosess oriented and multidiscipline artist who uses a wide spectrum of both materials and methods in her art practise. Everything she produces is the outcome of a process.  Existential themes like inner strength and identity are the foundations for the work.  The process is both experimental and physical, a physicality which has as it aim to satisfy her strong need for  contact with the materials and to manipulate them, to try out new ways of expression.  The art work have references to traditional craft techniques  as well as experiences and memories of growing up in North Norway, her birth country and family connections to the Samé people.  Memories of  cultural traditions, of extreme colours, light and seasonal rhythms left strong impressions and is an important influence on her artistic expression.  The work which she creates draws from what is stored in her memory as well as her research into her ancestors. She attempts to visually define what is otherwise hidden. It is taken from the past and sent into the future. By using strong colours she tries to convey meaning by association; colour taking on the function of metaphor, underlying the mood of a memory, or representing a cultural symbol or historic fact. 

CV

2011:  NCAD, Dublin:  Diploma in Art and Design

2010:  NCAD, Dublin: Certificate in Drawing and Visual Investigation

2009:  Dunboyne College of Further Education, FETAC level 6 “Art and Art

  Business”

2008:  Solstice Art Student of the year Award

2008:  Dunboyne College of Further Education. FETAC level 5, Art

  Portfolio course 

2008:  Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, “Painting to the exhibitions”  weekly

  workshop

2008:  Studio 10, IMMA, Dublin,  weekly workshop with Beth O’Halloran

2008:  Rossnarea Art School, Co Meath: Life drawing classes

2000–04:  Painting and drawing classes with Marysia Harasimowicz

1992:  Burren collage of Art,  workshops in Art Therapy

1991:  Burren Collage of Art,  watercolour course with Pauline Bewick

1990:  Burren Collage of Art,  watercolour course with Pauline Bewick

1978:  Weaving workshop with Judy Toner (Irish weaver)

1977:  Dunlaoghaire School of Art, Ireland - evening courses in Ceramics and

  sculpture

1976:  Dunlaoghaire School of Art, Ireland - evening courses in Ceramics and

  sculpture