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CARAGH LAKE HOUSE - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

 

Last year I accepted an invitation to be Caragh Lake House's first ever artist in residence. Having never visited Ireland this was an exciting prospect and full of trepidation I find myself here, on the West Coast of Southern Ireland, in the heart of Ireland's mountainous area, experiencing it's finest mountain weather... Thankfully I am well experienced in such conditions and it wasn't going to beat me! Caragh Lake,  beautiful, vast, peaty and metaphorically warm... I witnessed it at it's most tranquil and at it's most feisty. I loved the experience of forming a relationship with the lake devoid of human contact.

 

The work here was updated daily throughout the residency.

 

Dé Sathhairn

already I have blanked everything that came before.

I wanted to think it

feel it

be it.

the changing light

the waves

the crisp air

warm on my skin

playing games with my mind

I am in it

amongst storm debris

dancing with leaves and twigs

who cares about what came before?

  Dé Domhnaigh

 

the weather has turned

 

torturous

feisty

beaten

battered

I took you on

You spat me out

pounding my head relentlessly

 

Dé Luain

slightly
because I don’t always want to smile.
just a tiny bit.
‘Moon Day’ makes me grin a little
unnerving 
are
large boulders
submerged in the turbulence
alarm, panic and sheer relief comes in seconds. 
I chased sunshine
temperatures dropped on my skin 
heavy breathing
fighting the waves
Lough Caragh
you did make me smile.