- Is there a Gaeltacht sensibility?
- If so how is this expressed?
- Does a Gaeltacht sensibility inform the work of contemporary visual artists?
These were some of the principles behind this exhibition for which I had 2 works selected from the 3 submitted below.
(damp, humid, moist,
soft, tender, compassion-
This is one of a series of images
made to describe the degradation
of this abandoned terrace and
schoolhouse in Gleann Cholm
As with other pieces of my work it
reacts against the romanticised
view of the building in the
Specifically I was interested in the
marks made by the absence of the
rainwater downpipe and the
resulting marking on the building
The image elevates the dampness
as the focal point both by position
and colour while the window
provides scale and its positioning
creates a certain unease.
This picture was selected for exhibition
The abandonment and degradation of
this vernacular dwelling has formed
the basis for this drawing.
It has provided the opportunity to
project an image which inverts the
traditional and romanticised image of
the thatched cottage, billowing smoke
from a turf fire and set in a
Instead the landscape is reflected in
the remaining glass, surrounded and
enclosed by the window. The window
itself in its current state has almost a
dishevelled human character and is
subordinate to the white page. It
floats rather than being fixed and is in
elevation rather than perspective.
This picture was selected for exhibition.
I was attracted to draw this
image for several reasons.
Primarily it reduced the
Gaeltacht landscape of
Gleann Cholm Cille down to
its base elements; Hills, an
occasional tree, stone wall
and fuscia hedge atop.
At a second level I could
approach the landscape as
an elevation in much the
same manner as a flat
elevation of a building can
be approached, a series of
elements arranged on the
page with the attraction and
considered in their weight
The final element is the gap
with rough paving slabs.
Human presence in