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.
already I have blanked everything that came before.
I wanted to think it
the changing light
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?
the weather has turned
I took you on
You spat me out
pounding my head relentlessly
because I don’t always want to smile.
just a tiny bit.
‘Moon Day’ makes me grin a littleunnerving
are large boulders
submerged in the turbulence
alarm, panic and sheer relief comes in seconds.
I chased sunshine
temperatures dropped on my skin
fighting the waves
you did make me smile.