What started off as an examination of my own interest in Lough Gara in County Sligo, became an exploration into natural liminal spaces and the emotional and psychological landscapes they create.
I am interested in how these spaces can be manipulated to evoke feelings of connection and solace together with discomfort and confrontation. These liminal spaces can be seen in many different natural phenomena, such as the play of light and shadow, the shifting of tides or the sprawling movement of undergrowth. In these moments, the landscape becomes a place of transformation.
My work explores the intersection of ambiguity and natural landscapes, using contrasting elements of light and dark, systemic and organic, the familiar and the mysterious. I am fascinated by the tension that exists in these spaces and I seek to create a dialogue between the viewer and the environment around them.
The work of Donald Teskey has been an influence on my own practice, particularly his emphasis on capturing the rugged and elemental bite of the western Irish landscape.
Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Coláiste Muire, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Grange Community College, Donaghmede, Dublin 13