I am currently wrestling with the vexed question of which work to submit in January. I have a range of photographs (see work) that could be used providing I curate them in line with my artist statement. Somehow though, whilst the images are complete, the work is not finalised and there is more I can do in adding:-
- further images that are on file but not used
- further research in terms of strands that can pull images together
- input from reading Camera Lucida and On Photography which hopefully will enlighten my practice
So for the time being, my thoughts have turned elsewhere.
The Monk’s Dale and Burbage charcoal photo etch images which featured in the SHOP
have sprung to mind but only if linked with the blood and sweat associated with developing conventional spit bite, dry point and CuSO4 immersion techniques resulting inthe Blasket Isles print.
There is a substantial body of development work and research associated with this work. This perhaps better demonstrates the underlying issues involved in printing as opposed to the clinical, though faithful, photo etch technique.
The Blasket Isles are off the coast of the Dingle peninsula. They were abandoned finally by their isolated community in 1953 when the population was down to 22.
The end was chronicled as “But the big change came with the early 1930s. The Island community began to decline and the young people were loath to marry. Only two couples married there between then and the time of its abandonment, with most making off for America where so many of their kin had preceded them. In some cases entire households left in the 1940s and settled on the mainland. Their courage had deserted them a long time before the year of the great exodus in 1953; they felt the boat sinking under them.” 1)
On the mainland opposite the Blaskets with the islands in full view, a museum has been built to hold details of the lives, culture and history of the islanders.
A feeling of sadness and loss pervades, even on a sunny warm day. I was told some of the descendants moved to the mainland just across from the islands – so near and yet so far.