I work in sculpture, sound, light, drawing and more. Along with drawing, my most recent work has been multi-media installation, with sound, light and architectural structure becoming the central concerns. I strive to achieve a level of integration between media which results in a seemingly animate work, a presence which inhabits the viewer’s space, giving both a somatic and an emotional experience. I blur the boundaries between this realm and the Other, between the evident and the ambiguous, the material and the spiritual.
I am interested in what it is to want for a spiritual outlet in a world whose social and economic structures are increasingly designed to provide for our material needs only.
Having only relatively recently emerged from a traditional, devout culture, when a nation like Ireland loses its spiritual structure (even if that structure was as corrupt as it was revealed to be) its people are left in need.
That need, combined with a residual fear which is part of the Catholic Church’s legacy, may be channeled into other dogmas – a religious zeal or conviction, after all, is not exclusive to those who practice religion. Science, for example, is one of the many modes of thought which seems to claim truth as its own.
I examine how, in such disparate places, people see what they perceive as truth. I am interested in the perception of truth and the psychology behind its perception. Faith may not always be the result of aware thought, rather the product of one’s conditioning, while conviction may be the manifestation of one’s fears and insecurities. The strongest of convictions may hide the deepest of fears. The consequensces of holding too rigidly to one’s convictions without allowing for other possibilities can be devastating.