I am an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, printmaking, photography and audio.
My art practice explores and engages with the changing and evolving social and environmental landscape of Ireland. My work is project based: I focus on a particular aspect of society, research it, engage with relevant people and their stories, explore the location and build up a body of documentation and information which inspires the resulting art work.
I began a series of interconnected projects in 2012, starting in an old railway shed in Broadstone, and then following, by bicycle, the railway network, which wove its way across Ireland. The third project. which evolved from these two, is current and is concentrating on the Midland section of the country. The aim of the resulting body of work is to approach a dialect between a contemporary and a historical view of this part of Ireland. The project goes beyond topography to interweave history, folklore, hearsay, stories, memory, beliefs, nature, natural history, in an attempt to record the patina and texture of place. It witnesses and records the changing landscape, traditions and attitudes.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
Time to concentrate on the work instead of trying to write about it for applications, exhibitions etc. I find it very hard to articulate what I am doing or to express clearly my objectives and philosophy around the work. i can visualise what I am doing but cannot express the concept properly.
What inspires you most about Kildare?
The colours and form of the landscape, its “mondaineness” and flatness, compared to more scenic areas in the west.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
Draw/paint/ photograph, every day