“How can I number the worlds to which the eye gives me entry? -the world of light, of colour, of shape, of shadow: of mathematical precision in the snowflake, the ice formation, the quartz crystal, the patterns of stamen and petal: of rhythm in the fluid curve and plunging line of the mountain faces. Why some blocks of stone, hacked into violent and tortured shapes, should so profoundly tranquillise the mind I do not know. Perhaps the eye imposes its own rhythm on what is only a confusion: one has to look creatively to see this mass of rock as more than jag and pinnacle- as beauty.”
The Living Mountain - Nan Shepherd.
As a multi-disciplined artist I work with a variety of materials,techniques and experimentation .The experience of making and thinking with my hands is an important aspect of my practice.My research involves constructed sculptural drawings, photographs, cyanotype with traditional and contemporary printing methods.Each work represents a specific moment of exploration.
I studied a BA in Fine Art (First Class Hons)at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork Ireland ,before embarking on my career as a socially engaged art tutor and self directed studio artist.
I am drawn to the romanticism of rural relics, defunct rusting metal and crumbling stone representing monuments past and past lives. I am transfixed by these disparate fragments and their imagined stories and the excitement gained with chance discoveries of clues and marks from the past. Each found object, a lost button, moss covered stone, lichen hung tree, weathered and washed up wood offers a rich narrative for my working process. I live rurally surrounded by coastline and forestry rich in social history.
Collage, and layering of processes on the page follows and responds to the notion of the surrounding landscape having the same layering, the same collage of disparate processes and functions.
Sometimes the environment is hard to comprehend. Individual happenings, functional interventions make sense, but over time meaning becomes obscure and somehow arbitrary, messy, but in a satisfying way. I want my work to recreate this sense.
It cannot be random, when some experienced compositions, relics and materials, seem to vie for attention.