colourful painting of a row of buildings with tetris blocks and a person falling from the sky

floating islands

installation, painting


Beginning in May 2011, Floating Islands was completed during a residency at Nes in Skagaströnd, Iceland. This began as an 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 insulated, and this led to the follow-up project, Archipelago. Many of the works were created in multiple paintings (islands) and this method has also influenced future projects.

This project was part-funded by funded by Sligo Arts Office and took place at the edge of the arctic circle, in 24-hour light, on the Nes International Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland.


things I read or saw that helped create this project


colleagues who worked on this project with me

financial support

people or organisations who helped fund the work