Inishlacken Residency June 2014

I was fortunate enough to be invited to take part in the Inishlacken Residency, a very unique residency in Ireland, run by artist Rosie McGurran.  The time spent there involved being inspired by the Island and working with what is provided by the island in terms of material and or visual stimuli and along with the presence of a group of artists on the island it makes it an open opportunity for discourse and collaboration during the time spent there.

The Island has a life and is rich in history. It has an eloquent and humble sparcity that encourages an almost minimalistic response to what surrounds you. Its ability to paint itself in its transition of light and colour throughout the day means as an artist you find yourself ingesting your surroundings, saturatimg yourself, until you have little option but to respond. The smallest and seemingly most insignificant thing can take on the largest of meaning and provide you with a path to travel.  My time there was spent weaving with seaweed, making small transitional changes to an ever changing environment, bombing the environment with its own product.  Its quality changes so drastically in such a short time, rewarding you with its own editing process, making a bulky, clumsy effort suddenly take on delicacy.  Several days into the residency and a few seaweed bombings later, I wandered the circumference of the island only to find that the sea had beat me to it and done a far better job of it during the winter floods.  The water had come so far inland during the storms and huge tidal swells, that a fence running far into a field was littered and strewn with seaweed. It hung perfectly balanced and placed, dried out in a full variety of shapes and colour, almost a silent joke.

To see more of the work made on the island visit

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