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On Stones I Draw 1-3

A moving image triptych exploring themes of dislocation, desire and memory, reflecting on the experience of Irish migration. (1)Projection/Monitor with stereo/surround sound – Duration: 3 minutes. The piece is a performance for the camera recorded in real time, accompanied by a soundtrack in English and Irish languages. The performance takes place in a ‘dramatic’ setting constructed for the camera where the actions are repetitive and hidden. The soundtrack repeats and rearranges a series of phrases- at the centre of which is a list of prefixes of Irish place names which describe the characteristics of a particular landscape. As the visual and spoken narrative build, the hidden drawing is revealed. (2) Projection with stereo/surround sound – Duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds. The film narrative commences with a figure ‘remembering’ a journey on a tram in a European city. The action then moves to a dry and arid landscape where a figure surveys and is surveyed by an ‘other’ figure. The soundtrack is based around the aria ‘Che Faro?’ from Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice, and the visual narrative loosely follows these themes of desire and loss. (3) Projection/Monitor with stereo sound – Duration: 2 minutes 49 seconds. Formally the third part mirrors the first part of the triptych, using a fixed camera position to observe a figure. The figure, an elderly woman (the artist’s mother), is observed in the landscape and is accompanied by a ‘real time’ soundtrack.

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