In the broadest sense my practice is founded on interrupting epistemology which defined narrowly, epistemology is the study of knowledge and justified belief. The English linguist, visual anthropologist and semiotician Gregory Bateson said “We are most of us governed by epistemologies that we know to be wrong” and it’s through this understanding that we make general preconceptions about people, things and meaning. We formulated categories for easy understanding in order to speed things up. Bateson goes on to say “...epistemology is always and inevitably personal.” Just as there are as many truths as there are witnesses to an event. We can never be quite clear whether we are referring to the world as it is or to the world as we see it.
I work with a variety of mediums from installation to collage to performance to printmaking to engage with one's sense of their surrounding and their awareness of others. Encompassing printed matter, arrangements and displays, creating objects, writing texts, and creating unwieldy social situations.
“Every movement reveals us”, a series of Tai Chi workshops in the Hugh Lane celebrates physicality and the human spirit. Bringing together people from different backgrounds from all over Dublin, “Every movement reveals us" presents the beauty of human movement. A concert held in the Sculpture Hall entitled “The Portsmouth Sinfonia (A Homage)” where anybody can join; there is no basis of skill required. The only guiding rule is that the musicians should not be able to play the instrument they hold in their hands. “To see without looking”, a series of walk-throughs of the exhibition led by a visually impaired tour guide, igniting a deep level of sensitivity and examination of how one perceives a work of art. In these various formats I consider the relationships between perception, representation and language.
More recently I have developed a method of window painting that mimics the ‘whitewashed windows’ with circular patterns that you see during building or redecoration of newly vacated businesses, a signifier of the condition of flux throughout the city. I have presented these paintings in the context of a library, abandoned buildings, artist’s studios and museums generally without explanation to the viewer from the street. The very nature of these works is ephemeral and site specific so to further develop this aspect I have employed the printing technique of monotype. The process of producing a monotype is the act of leaving a trace while destroying the original, creating a mirror of the thing that once existed. Our interpretations are limited by the structures that represent our ideas. Through interruptions and intimacies I create a space that is both mental and physical that aims to disrupt these limits.