Ballysillan 2015

When trying to express my attitude to practice, two artists come to mind.

In 'Essays on theEssay Film' edited by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan, one of the texts is a piece by Aldous Huxley. Talking about essay writing, he writes:

'Freely, effortlessly, thought and feeling move in these... works of art, hither and thither between the essay’s three poles – from personal to universal, from the abstract back to the concrete, from the objective datum to the inner experience.’ Aldous Huxley. Preface to his Collected Essays (1960)

This short text articulates my own feelings towards contemporary art and practice.

The other artist is Margaret Tait. She has a film ‘Where I am is Here', I think of the title as a touchstone for its geographic and psychological constancy; a grounding of practice. I use personal experience as material through which to look at the cultural and political landscape. In terms of production, my work tends to be focused on the realization of ideas rather than any specific medium.


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