floating islands

(2011)

media: painting, digital collage, projection

concepts: place, society, insulation

Beginning in May 2011, Floating Islands was taken on during a residency at Nes in Skagaströnd, Iceland. This began as an observational comparison of the socio-economic and political climates in Ireland and Iceland.

The project developed into an observation of the limitations and social conditions that face people living on islands, and the idea of being insulated. It developed into the idea of the individual consciousness as being an insulated form, and this led to the follow-up project, Archipelago. Many of the works were created in multiple forms (islands) and this method has also influenced future projects.

This project was part-funded by funded by Sligo Arts Office and took place in The Nes International Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland.

Floating Islands

Oil on canvas, 89 x 55cm

This work was created outdoors from the 25-30 July 2011 at Nes Artist Residency. It features views from Skagaströnd over Húnaflói Bay toward Vestfirðir. It captures the disappearing/reappearing landscape on one canvas that changed on each re-painting. See video above.

an oil painting on canvas, Floating Islands

What Goes Up

Oil and Acrylic on Linen, 210 x 130cm

This work marked the beginning point of the crossover into the Archipelago project. The painting looks at the failing of Irish society based on the fall of the construction industry in the latter half of the 00's.

It was exhibited and sold at a 3-person exhibition at KT Contemporary art gallery, Dublin.

an acrylic painting on canvas, What Goes Up

Dancing to Korobeiniki

Acrylic on four linen 2011, individually 55 x 48cm

This work is based on the Russian folk song Korobeiniki (popularised by the video game Tetris), using the themes of the popular video game (creating and destroying large structures) alongside the idea of being trapped or insulated.

an acrylic painting on four canvases, 
				Dancing to Korobeiniki

Insulated

Oil, Wax and Acrylic on Three Linen 2011, 242 x 102cm

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This work looks at the idea of failing society in the context of islands, and how not understanding trends can prevent stable social development.

an acrylic and oil painting on three canvases, Insulated

Missed The Memo

Oil, Wax and Acrylic on Three Linen 2011, 71 x 102cm

Detail of one of the three paintings from the work Insulated.

an oil and acrylic painting on canvas, Missed the Memo

Untitled 1 (Why See Em?)

Digital projection 2011, dimensions variable

Using colour studies undertaken on a residency, this work looks at identifying with colour through separation of forms, an idea of separation and individuality that links with studies on island nature and insularity.

a digital projection, Untitled 1

Untitled 2 (Why See Em?)

Digital projection 2011, dimensions variable

Using colour studies undertaken on a residency, this work looks at identifying with colour through separation of forms, an idea of separation and individuality that links with studies on island nature and insularity.

a digital projection, Untitled 2

30 Years of Pirates

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas 2011, 209 x 77cm

This work uses imagery from Ireland and Iceland, jarring together graphs, photographs and maps to create a relational space between the two islands through painting. This work was the final work from time spent in Iceland conducting the studies for the Floating Islands and Archipelago projects.

an acrylic painting on two canvases, 
				30 Years Of Pirates

Adding to the list

Digital print on silk paper 2011, 33 x 22cm

This work is an observation on ghost towns and abandoned construction sites.

a digital print, Adding to the list

Working Hardly

Acrylic on Canvas 2011, 61 x 46cm<

Using the theme of construction, this work is about Ireland and Iceland's similarities in terms of recent economic activity.

A companion piece to Down The River, each work uses Irish and Icelandic subject matter.

an acrylic painting, Working Hardly

Down The River

Acrylic on Canvas 2011, 61 x 46cm

Using the theme of construction, this work is about Ireland and Iceland's similarities in terms of recent economic activity.

A companion piece to Working Hardly, each work uses Irish and Icelandic subject matter.

an acrylic painting, Down The River

No Man Is An Island

Oil on Canvas 2011, 60 x 61cm

This is a portrait of Martin Kippenberger taken from a photograph of the artist when he was nearing death through liver failure. It references John Donne's poem Meditations XVII, and comments on a life led surrounded by society, but always alone.

an oil painting on canvas, No Man is an Island

Must Come Down

Digital print on paper 2011, 55 x 33cm

A derivitave work from the painting What Goes Up that forms a companion piece in an alternative media.

a digital print on paper, Must Come Down.jpg