Cumhacht an Chaisleáin | A Visual Diary by Alex Keogh
Cumhacht an Chaisleáin (Power of the Castle) came into being during the time of COVID. This was the time that you could explore places that were once hidden due to the busy demands of daily life.
The silence that became a norm forced me to notice my surroundings and within the 2k limit, I got to explore the area I grew up as an adult for the first time.
One particular place that drew me in was the remnants of a castle I had never noticed before. I felt remorse that I had not seen it before as it was within walking distance from my home. Without the sudden stillness, I may have never discovered it.
Curiosity drew me in, and when I explored the place I felt a an important connection in a time when you weren’t allowed to connect to others in the normal sense. In this abandoned space, imagined figures came to mind. The history of the space could be felt and realised in the ruins.
In a time of isolation, I was able to find something equally isolated from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life. The Castle became a bridge to an other-worldly place of calm that I could connect to. Where I could gather my thoughts, let go, and recharge in a time of complete chaos. And most importantly, it is a place who’s lost narrative I wanted to bring back to life through my work.
Alex Keogh is a visual artist and printmaker from Dublin, Ireland. She graduated with an Honours in Fine
Cumhacht an Chaisleáin by Alex Keogh
December 1 – 13, 2021
Opening Night: Wednesday December 1, 6pm-8pm
32 Brunswick Street North