Artist's Statement

I love the bizarre nature of nostalgia and how much of a grip it can have on a person. As a recently returned emigrant, I find that I have a homesickness for both an Ireland from before I left and a Toronto I left behind. Experience however, is corrupted by memory and memory corroded by time. I am aware that neither of these places I ‘remember’ ever really existed.

My half-tone prints, and repurposed screen meshes recall a nostalgia of my own past as a commercial printer. Via familiar buildings, the key figures of a place, I attempt to establish a link between my fabricated view and that imagined by the viewer . They are stacked and condensed in an overbearing and unrealistic, yet familiar, landscape. This is the reality of many emigrants – Memory of a new home blocked by the traditional idea of home and the traditional home that no longer exists.

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Which side of the water

This print was made as part of the 2018 end of year show Damn Fam: A celebration of people, process and practice. Dublin is a city naturally divided but maintains a great unity.

2 colour hand-pulled screenprint

300gsm Somerset Cotton Rag

830mm x 380mm

Edition of 15

Old-book-sketchbook

To overcome the fear of the blank page I've worked in second hand books, creating a sense of freedom and experimentation while considering ideas of suggestion from the words on the page.

Found materials and mixed media.

148mm x 210mm x 50mm

Dublin, full circle

A city has personality, and be captured in a portrait. A city can tell stories, each unique, involving every occupant. 

A self-portait as a cityscape.

5 colour hand-pulled screenprint

300gsm Somerset Cotton Rag

140mm in diameter, 255mm x 255mm framed

Edition of 20

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Transposition Photobook

I find that I have a homesickness for both an Ireland from before I left and a Toronto I left behind. Experience however, is corrupted by memory and memory corroded by time. I am aware that neither of these places I ‘remember’ ever really existed. This book presents a visual narrative of an journey in both physical and emotinal senses.

Digital print book on eggshell paper.

250mm x 210mm x 26 pages

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