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.
halldor laxness under the glacier (1968)
Yi-Fu Tuan space and place (1976)
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.
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.
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.
This work looks at the idea of failing society in the context of islands, and how not understanding trends can
prevent stable social development.
Detail of one of the three paintings from the work Insulated.
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.
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.
This work is an observation on ghost towns and abandoned construction sites.
Using the theme of construction, this work is about Ireland and Iceland's similarities in terms of recent economic
A companion piece to Down The River, each work uses Irish and Icelandic subject matter.
A companion piece to Working Hardly, each work uses Irish and Icelandic subject matter.
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.
A derivitave work from the painting What Goes Up that forms a companion piece in an alternative media.