Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cultivating a Sense of Place

Arrived back in the heart of the Burren on Monday last, after a three month search for a suitable studio space in Dublin did not bear fruit! I had envisaged working close to my family home in Malahide since my return from New York, and did, after some time, find a location in Howth which I was really keen on. I had hoped to secure a deal on the place but the landlord wanted to much rent - double what I was willing to pay for the run down house!
Needless to say I was a little distraught, as I had invested a good bit of time and energy into finding a suitable place in Dublin, and had hoped for a positive outcome. But it is amazing how things work out - Now my feeling is that my work will benefit hugely from being out west again. I know I can work well in this place and sense a strong drive building. The house in Howth would have taken up a lot of my time just getting the place ready to work in - but out here I am free, and know I can work here! Already started a new body of work and am going to focus on developing this over the coming months in preparation for my next show in New York in 2013.

The Cottage.

The Studio.

My Neighbour.

Ballyvaughan is the most idyllic village. I love being back here. The peace and quietness of the surrounding landscape coupled with a wonderful community of people makes for a great space to 'cultivate a new sense of place'.

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