Nominee 201 4 / Nominee 2017 / Nominee 2018
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" Leinster Street South "
Dimensions 13" x 5" x 31"
Ceramic earthenware with decal and ceramic stains
This piece was hand-built using slabs of clay with inlaid texture.
“I’ve always had to draw, to make, to create: my soul requires it and my sanity is grateful for it” (Ciara O’Keeffe)
My creativity comes from “My sense of place”.
At certain stages in my life, my sense of place changes and in that change, comes an array of emotions.
These emotions help me create my ceramic art.
Selling my childhood home had a profound effect on me.
I’m constantly brought back to the emotions I felt while I lived there and the histories that I experienced there.
In my dwellings range the ceramic art I create,
chases the ghosts that remain in the built environment when the dwellers have moved on.
What the anthropologist Melanie van der Hoorn called ‘buildings that speak’.
The Mantel piece, the sacred heart lamp, the once new carpet and faded wedding picture.
‘The oldest body remembers the youngest physical encounter’.
I reflect on how the rural towns again empty as young folk move from Leinster Street to Houston Street,
from the People’s Park to Central Park.
These are personal revelations telling universal stories through my beloved medium of clay.
My portraiture work is a fanciful look at pictures of loved ones that would once have hung on walls in our homes. These clay sculptures are mimicking the framed photographs of family and friends
we shared memories with and loved.
Those who once, were with us on our journey, but are no longer here, now forever immortalised in ceramic.