This work explores the way the forest acquired cultural meaning through an oral tradition of storytelling. In folklore the forest was unknown territory, a space of possibility, adventure and fear. It became a metaphor for the psychological development of the protagonist, often a child on the road to maturity. Our perceptions learned from fables and fairy tales still carry an emotional impact because these stories were rooted in practical, real issues - the child who strayed from the path would not survive. By exploring this connection through time to stories that have shaped our ideas of the forest, the images aim to communicate how culture is deeply inscribed in the natural landscape, even when human figures or man-made elements are not directly represented.
Darragh Basquille • Jeffrey Bright • Caroline Callaghan • Darren Campion • Patrick Clarke • Lorna Fitzsimons • Fiona Hackett • Gary Loughlin • Barbara Mac Nelis • Don McNeill Healy • Jennifer Moor • Róisín Morris • Siobhan Ogilvy • Gary Somers • Dianne Whyte •