2011 Ciall

  • 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

Inflected Landscape

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

mountainous landscape.

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

tension between

considered in their weight

and positioning.

The final element is the gap

with rough paving slabs.

Human presence in