I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I last posted something. I have not really been in the right frame of mind to blog. There has been a lot happening with teaching and my Masters degree, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been making work.
After the work ‘Toxic Garden’ I did a lot of soul searching, my tutors didn’t really see the point in the work I was making, even though I laid out the theoretical and practical sides of it. I think it was a bit too experimental for them!
The statement for this work read:
We live in a world of chemicals. These images have been created by using household chemicals on photographs of gardens. The interplay between the images and chemicals are an act of transformation.
The original brilliance of the merging colours has gone. The images presented are ‘after-images’ in the nal phase of existence.
No trace of what-was is left: the fading colours and extensive blank areas are a metaphor for the perils of a heavy reliance on chemicals in our society.
So, after this I decided to go back to basics. Traditional landscape photography centred on the South West Coast Path. I will revisit the start of the project, which I am continuing to work on, for you to see in the next few blog posts.
These images form part of a larger series called ‘an Talamh’, created when I was participating in an Artist Residency in Donegal, Eire in May 2015. The residency was based upon the notion of combining writing with the ritual burial and exhumation of processed medium format film negatives.
By taking words from the Irish language [Irish Gaelic], as a lead title, it gives resonance to both time, place and process.
‘an Talamh’, the name for the entire Residency series, means ‘The Land’.
‘ilroinnte’, the title for following images means ‘Fragmented’. There are two parts to this particular series, hence I and II.