2019 Transmission by the Hearth

I am interested in the names we encounter in our day to day lives and how these reflect the migration of peoples. Cultures move, inform one another and evolve. In this series I have taken names encountered, accepted them into Irish culture through transcription into ogham script and then metaphorically gathered them around my family hearth.

In this body of work I address the disparate cultural influences we encounter; the maintenance of diversity; the valuing of that diversity; acceptance of new influences on our culture and the need to welcome those new influences. The vehicle is the diversity of names we encounter, ogham script and the hearth as a place of welcome.

I have developed this work into a Digital Exhibition which can be viewed as pages and in Virtual Reality based on a simplified reconstruction of the ruin of my ancestral home as the venue for the display of the work.