‘These buildings would be set, if possible, in some picturesque spot, preferably by a river or a lake, with gardens laid out by the waterside (gardens that included shady arbours where flirtation could be enjoyed). Indeed, ‘taking the waters’ was often merely the excuse for indulging in various pleasures, though in days when over eating and over-drinking were all too common(…) among wealthy people who had not enough to do, the spa waters were, no doubt, really beneficial. ’
Geographically far from gardens and financially from boredom, Kilcullen Seaweed Bath, Co. Sligo, is located next to the sea, which supplies fresh seawater and seaweed. The bath is an oily, steamy and a soothing recreation, enveloping the bather in privacy, relaxation and unavoidable reflection.
Discovering Spas; R L P and Dorothy M Jowitt, Shire Publication, Tring, Herts 197
Born in Wroclaw, Poland 1978, Joanna Karolini started her work in Copenhagen where she was raised. She studied Ba(Hons) Photography in Manchester Metropolitan University and received her Master of Fine Art from University of Ulster in 2004, Belfast. She is currently working from Flaxart Studios, Belfast.
Since graduating she has consistently exhibited and made site specific works, including solo exhibitions; ‘To All the Local Nymphs’ Rimske Toplice, Celje, Slovenia 2007; ‘The Bath is Hot’ Catalyst Art Gallery, Belfast 2007; ‘He Never Gave the Ceiling an Unnecessary Glance’, Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2006; ‘In Return’ The Return Gallery, Goethe Institut, Dublin 2005; ‘Fuseli’s Room’ Ulster Museum, Belfast 2004.
Currently working on a new body of work titled ‘A Ten Year Plan’ she is seeking opportunities for showcase.
J.Karolini has completed a number of residencies, including the Cushendall Curfew Tower 2008, Residency at Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia 2007 and IMMA, Dublin 2006. She has also worked on a number of outreach community art projects with Flaxart Studios and Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, taking position as co-ordinator and artist.
She has received bursaries from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council and Artsadmin.