At the moment in the O’Driscoll Building, Skibbereen, Co. Cork I have work showing in the exhibition entitled ‘Under Shelter’. Each of us selected exhibited work we believed fell under the title Under Shelter. Below is the Statement I submitted with my works.
‘Lights in a window, smoke from a chimney, lives lived, warmth, family - and time passes.
this body of work explores the almost identical houses dotted on the long narrow low lying island off the coast of Schull in West Cork - Long Island (Inis Fada). Many generations have begun their lives in this beautiful place. At the turn of the 19th century it was home to 300 people - now closer to 8 live here permanently. Derelict houses with layers of colourful peeling paint on doorways, windows and the remnants of furniture lay testament to the memories locked in this land. A feeling for family, time and place abounds with natural fauna covering pathways echoing footsteps of a bygone era.
In my work colour evokes these lives lived, as well as the land itself - the dark velvet nights where the stars light up the sky and the everyday light bouncing off sea and land.’
Exhibition continues until 16th September, 2018