I’m a lens based artist that now lives in south Kerry where I grew up. After college, where I studied photography, I lived in New York and then Turkey and eventually Japan with some other stops along the way. I’m mostly based in Kerry now as I have built a darkroom and studio here and I make work locally and a little further afield but mostly in and around the western and southern stretches of the country. My work deals with a lot of different strands but I have always been interested in documentary work and the act of witnessing an event, most recently I have been interested in using the camera to explore the remnants or the outskirts of an occurrence, sometimes by simply implying something has happened. This potential of the everyday fabric of our world to be transformed and to be altered, like a set piece of props is never far from my work.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Photography is a very technical practice, it requires a great deal of learning before we are comfortable that we can repeat the process and achieve the desired aesthetic. This requires a lot of experimentation and diligence in terms of note taking and repeating a technique again and again and yet, there is a point in which ‘proper’ technique gets in the way of looser thinking. This balance I find interesting and is obviously part of the craft.
What inspires you most about Kerry?
My work at the moment deals a lot with some of the strange and wonderful ‘invasive’ species that were brought here as recreational plants. There’s a sublime quality when they are combined with the very particular and messy quality of the light here in the west of Ireland and the constant damp, fungal and slightly ominous atmosphere. That’s what I find interesting and surreal at the moment.
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