I live and work in Baltimore, on the southwest coast of Ireland. My process is a form of “Deep Mapping” of an area, where every aspect of a place is considered. Michael Shanks described deep mapping as, “reflecting eighteenth century antiquarian approaches to place, which included history, folklore, natural history and hearsay, the deep map attempts to record and represent the grain and patina of place through juxtapositions and interpenetrations of the historical and the contemporary, the political and the poetic, the discursive and the sensual; the conflation of oral testimony, anthology, memoir, biography, natural history and everything you might ever want to say about a place.“
My practice is based on collections I make and is an investigation and a record of many aspects of place, the result is a kind of cabinet of curiosities which forms the artwork. I explore ways to archive and preserve objects, stories and their memories and draw from traditional museum practice to achieve this. My work is about the small finds, anecdotes and everyday occurrences that get left out. To me their existence is no less consequential and colour our experience of place.
I am particularly interested in the previous life of objects and their stories of how they have come to be there and the way they have weathered and aged over time. I am interested in what remains of them and the space they continue to occupy after their useful life is over. These artifacts are like a story passed down through generations, whose details have become distorted and transformed.
I work in a variety of mediums from early photography processes such as cyanotype, to drawing, monoprint, watercolour and oils. I play with forms of display to create my own museums or treasure troves. By using found objects and recycled materials from the location, my work becomes another layer of the place.