“One of the functions of a landscape is to correspond to nature and provoke a landscape of the imagination.” - Solnit, Rebecca. A Field Guide to Getting Lost.
For me, landscapes are metaphoric spaces where shapes can shift, concepts can transform, and imagery can express many ideas. They are a repository for the traditions and culture of a specific area. Folklore, guardianship, ownership, and the fragility of the landscape are intricately interwoven with the Irish notion of ‘The Land’.
I see painting as a way to dig into what it means to live in a certain landscape, an archaeological stripping back of the layers and explaining the unseen.
Living on a tiny peninsula on the West coast of Ireland, exposed to the Atlantic, and surrounded by tidal islands and a drowned drumlin topography, has allowed me to immerse myself in these themes and to explore them in my work. Walking, writing, collecting, drawing, and taking photographs, provide me with my research to forensically understand my surroundings. When I make a painting, I use colour to convey atmosphere and drama, and a process of layering and texture to create a sense of shared memory, I explore the fine line between invented lands and their reality - the jagged edge between the conscious and the unconscious.
Each painting has its own mood, its own story.