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Janet Pierce is a leading Irish artist who had her first solo exhibition in the Everhart Museum, Pennsylvania in 1973 and after four years in America she moved to Ireland where she has since lived and worked. Music has always been a concern of hers, and she collaborated with the traditional singers, Maighread and Triona NíDhomhnaill, in their CD Idir an Dá Sholas (Between the Two Lights), a collaboration which helped her realize her deep connection with landscape. However, following and intensely close involvement with India, since 2003, her work has taken a different direction.  Indian sacred singing and meditation has been the source of her work. The word Om, from the ancient Sanskrit alphabet, is the sound of the universe or the Source or God, and reflects her desire to return to that Sacred Space within. Using gold and silver leaf from Old Delhi, these new abstract works on paper has resulted in an intensification of earlier consideration, her hunger for transcendence realised through the contemplation of landscape and of the cosmos. Now she is collaborating with a leading Indian poet, Sudeep Sen. They are producing a book paintings and poetry called Ladakh. The images will be taken from four series of her work - series Om, Maya, Aria and Prayer Flags. This will be launched at the Irish Embassy in Delhi in March, 2011. She has won numerous awards, recently including three from Culture Ireland (2007/10), Banff Residency Award Canada (2010), Sanskritti Foundation New Delhi (2003), Fundaction Valpairiso Spain (2002) and has achieved the major award of member of the Aosdana for her life time achievement in Ireland. She exhibits in many galleries throughout Ireland, her main gallery being the Taylor Galleries in Dublin. She also exhibits in galleries in the USA, UK, Portugal and India.  www.janetpierce.com