Its been a busy old month! A trip back over the water to Ireland, Kinvara with the rest of the TCL Collective (along with fellow creatives John & Sarah Gamble & Richard Dennis) to spend more time responding from the landscape and subsequent exhibition showing our work as a response was such a success. The response from the people of Kinvara and other visitors made through networking and social media was extremely positive with some fabulous feedback. It is always a great privilege for fellow artists and creatives to be inspired by my practice and the work i produce and to meet and chat to people.
Since finishing my MA it feels that i have constantly thought about how my work can be 'framed' to sell and how best to present to enable the formal viewing of work. Having a free week back in Ireland to generate experimental work with no restrictions or preconceived outcome was a breath of fresh air and gave me the head space to be creative and get back to showing my work in its true ephemeral form. I realised how much i had missed this.
Being back in this part of Ireland gave chance for reflection and opportunity to live if only for a few days, in such a thoughtful and respectful community. The connection between the people of Kinvara is such a contrast to the fleeting and judgemental everyday life i live back home. Nothing is a bother for these Irish folk and they are always happy to oblige and interested in who you are and why you have come to the Emerald Isle. With no hidden agenda they are just happy to learn more and and chew the fat. Here back at home the hackles and cautiousness is back in place and interaction is refrained and stilted .
I was particularly drawn to the cracks and fissures on the limestone plateaus of the Muprooghtoohg coastline. A large piece of limestone was smashed to the ground to create fragments with sharp edges. Utilising the abrasive nature of the stones edges and decaying shells collected from Tracht Beach particles were created by connecting the two in a dragging and scraping action.