Implicit in my work is the idea that water is an element deserving
much greater consideration than it is currently given. I think that
the manner in which water is regarded and mistreated in the
self-destructive techno rational society and our relationship with
the spirituality that is intrinsic to natural phenomena. Water to me
shows what we can otherwise never quite take in, the submerged,
the waters. My water remedy work has transformative powers,
which subvert determined physical structures by inviting a growing
awareness of the imperceptible and temporal forces that surround
distillations of an ephemeral environment and bring them together
within a poetic immediacy that underlines the paradoxical nature of water.
This water work I have been immersed in for the past number of
years has brought me on quiet a journey, through ritual landscape
meditations and observational explorations. The remedy making
process with Glenade Lough enabled me to experience this place
story, collected waters and energetic fragments.
This work attempts to convey a narrative from the waters perspective, using myself as a vessel I try to distill this ephemeral environment. The Lough has many stories that are layered upon it
and are held within the valley. In making seven waters remedies from the Lough I convey the emotions of these sensitive waters, made from all the people the water has encountered, the last brown bears in Ireland, the myth of the dobhar-chú. The water holds the
emotions of the landscape, distilled down the mountain into the lake. The water is altered by everything that has passed through it, in its chemical nature as well as alchemical and its capacity for through these waters.
Water seems ordinary. It is everywhere, in our bodies, in the lakes, rivers and the sea, and falling from the sky, which happens quite a lot in North Leitrim. It can slip through our fingers yet hold up a boat. It is a profoundly underrated substance.
I wish to take you on a journey to become part of the water, to listen to the whispers of stories yet untold from this place. My first journey was a physical one on an expedition to the Arctic where the power and importance of water is vastly apparent in the sublime landscape, and which I had to continually remind myself was real. It was manifested in the great glaciers, icebergs and seas of the Arctic. These unmapped spaces simulate spiritual sublimities. My second journey is one within the waters of Glenade Lough in North Leitrim, one of Ireland’s oldest glacial lakes.
‘Water Senses’ is supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland. It is kindly supported by Leitrim Sculpture Centre and The Model, Sligo.
Water Senses is a boxed publication which contains a unique water remedy, booklet, series of postcards and a map. First edition print of 100.
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