My work is a response to the archetypal male and patriarchal traditions in Irish society today. By placing the naked male figure in a recognisable Irish landscape I allude to the fragility and vulnerability of the traditional place men have occupied in Ireland. I have merged performance and photography to focus on the attitude of the male figure in motion; progressing and regressing. The incessant actions of the performative body signifies a ceaseless search for the threshold between reflection and transformation. Identification with shamanistic rituals gives me the scope to take on the role of the performer as messenger. This engagement allows me to investigate how we can rebalance the place of human beings within the natural world while recognising our true political and societal functions in society.
Padraic Barrett • Aoife Claffey • Gemma Harris • Katie Kirwan • Sean O'Donnell • Niamh Swanton •