My current work is rooted in personal experiences of home, identity, ‘Irishness’ and seeks to explore the position and experience of the female in traditional and contemporary Irish culture. Through Installation I attempt to dismantle the nostalgia propagated by romanticised notions of traditional Irish identity and deconstruct the inherent patriarchal discourses associated with rural Ireland. I displace domestic labours within the rural landscape, challenging traditional tropes of the landscape as a female space and seeking to reclaim this feminine space and emphasise the ‘invisible’ labour of women in rural homeplaces.
Using performance, sound, printmaking, and sculpture I attempt to create an immersive space that induces the subjective experience of qualia in the viewer. The materiality of the work attempts to evoke a merging of the domestic and the rural spaces as I reclaim and reconstitute these spaces as a site of convergence.