Spectres of an Invisible Sun, 2020, 100x 100 cm, oil on linen.
Ghosts of Babylon - is an ongoing series of paintings that looks at liminal landscapes on the margins of the rural Irish hinterlands in a temporal and dystopic topography of abandonment and decay.
I am interested in unusual structures or topographies as well as places that have a storied history,
of loss, migration, destitution or dereliction
For me many of these places represent a kind of ‘otherness’ in a sometimes bleak and foreboding landscape, which is often at odds with notions of the picturesque or the pastoral. This work also looks at landscapes that have been shaped by rural de-population examining the traces left behind in often hidden and hard to reach locations on the periphery of habitation.
I use different structures, social-histories or topographies from certain areas as a starting point and amalgamate them into a kind of fictional landscape that acts as a metaphorical space to reflect upon wider socio-geographic issues, but these paintings are also intrinsically linked to the places and stories that inspire them.