Saturday, 17 February 2018

Proposal Drawings for a Sculpture 2018

Study/Drawings for a Sculpture, part of  Landscape to Memories Series 2018
The Drawing is from a series done in The Williamsburg studio, Brooklyn 1993-1999

Study for Sculpture for the Landscape and Memories series 2018
Copyright 1993 Jennifer BurkeStack Art 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

How do we, the people of Ireland commemorate our civil war...........


Irish Landscape and Memories Series 2012 - 2018 Benbulben 2018

Isn’t it Ironic?
Ireland faces Brexit while we approach the centenary of partition and the Irish Civil War 2020 – 2023






Landscape and Memories series 2012 - 2018
Landscape and Memories series 2012 - 2018


Landscape and Memories Series 2012- -2018







Is it a coincidence or a great opportunity for all the people of the Island of Ireland to have a say in the future of our Country, and to examine new and exciting possibilities for a united Ireland, united in a metaphysical way. This opportunity should be given to the people of Ireland to solve. We cannot leave it to the political parties/groups to decide alone…

Landscape and Memories Series 2012 - 2018
We need an intellectual and creative approach to the brexit issue and to the commemoration of Partition and the Irish Revolution 2020 – 2023. Http/www.creativeireland.ie has launched creative Ireland, the centenary’s legacy initiative, launched, a five year plan 2017 – 2022.


I have been examining and probing these issues in my paintings for over five years, creating work inspired by the Irish Landscape and Memories, I began this series 2012 – 2018 and my Caves to Canvas series 2014 – 2018

Landscape and Memories Series 2012 - 2018

There are a number of articles on my blog, discussing both series of Artwork.

What has motivated me to write this? I recently purchased the book Atlas of The Irish Revolution by Dr. Roisin Higgins, Sr. Lecturer in History at Queens University, Belfast, Ireland. #queensuniversityhistory #roisinhiggins #commemorationandtheirishrevolution

Dr. Roisin Higgins put into words a dilemma I have faced while examining a creative approach to my Artwork focusing on Irish Landscape and memories. The memories embedded in the landscape as a result of the Irish Revolution, The Anti Treaty and Partition, Ironically all these events are “in the air” as we face brexit, because we are approaching the centenary of these historical events, that shaped the Ireland of today and the difficult years from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The memories and personal histories that are embedded in our landscape, I hope to capture and create a visual record of these stories, memories for future generations. I will create Visual Art while collaborating with people in the various communities around Ireland. The creative solution will be recording to creation of visual art.

Caves to Canvas Series 2014 - 2018, Mangerton.

Dr. Higgins writes in the book, Atlas of The Irish Revolution `Commemorations take moments of rupture and attempts to reshape them into representations of traditions or continuity. The fractious nature of the revolutionary period in Ireland has created many possibilities for commemorative events, as well as a great deal of potential for division. The signature events of the period in various ways, exacerbated political differences in the country ended in partition of the Island. The challenge for the commemorating therefore has been to find ways to remember commemorate the revolutionary period that do aggravate tendencies in the. It is a challenge that has often ended in defeat.

After reading Dr. Higgins analysis of the issues surrounding commemorating the Irish revolution, anti-treaty etc., I felt she had put perfectly into words what most artists and writers face in Ireland if they wish to focus their work on the commemoration, we cant ne influenced by one side over the other side, we have to be honest and fair to all sides. I feel I have come to a solution, and it’s a solution that grew organically out of the process of my approach to the artwork I have been creating. That is to have the people of Ireland have a voice in this process, in bexit and in doing so; I feel a solution will be reached. The process or journey reaching the creative solution will be cathartic, which is poignant as we face the centenary of the Irish Revolution 2020 – 2023

My work has involved people in the community who can give an oral history and a voice to the people who were active and alive during the Irish Revolution. these oral histories focus on ordinary people, who were extraordinary during that harsh time in our history, while others are known by most people in Ireland, such as the noble Six from County Sligo.
While doing this work I came to the conclusion that we the people need to start engaging as communities both north and south in the commemoration process, and in our future as we face Brexit. We need to start changing our language and talk in terms of a united Ireland, and I am not naive when I say this!!! I mean united in Voice, in creativity, in solutions, in inclusion. in self respect.

Benbulben, County Sligo


I have interviewed people in different communities around Ireland, they have told stories of the past of their memories of the events surrounding our civil war, stories past down to them, stories they overheard as children and so on....it is these interactions along with going to specific locations around Ireland that informs my work. I borrowed the idea of recording and listening to peoples stories and experiences, or their memories from the work I did for The Shoah Foundation, now known as USC Shoah Foundation, a very successful project recording and maintaining oral histories from the survivors of the Holocaust. I filmed the interviews of holocaust survivors, the interviews were conducted to give a voice to the victim and to have a permanent record of the horrific events during the holocaust. The interviews I recorded were in Frankfurt, Germany during 1994. For my Art series Irish Landscape and Memories and Caves to Canvas Series, I have focused the first stage of interviews with people who had a connection with Caves and the land around Mountain ranges in Ireland, Caves and mountain ranges that people sought refuge in, during the Irish Revolution/The Irish Civil War. Three locations: Benbulben, Mountain/Cave in County Sligo, Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny and Carlow, Mangerton Mountain in Killarney, County Kerry, Cave Located close to Fenit, County Kerry.

When I create my work based on how I feel our landscape has been affected by these events, I am also influenced by the act of painting or drawing, creating something. I start out as if I am in control of the process, but then I find the work also dictates how I will create it. While at Art School I had a professor say to me, "creating art is like a conversation, the artist and the canvas or piece being worked on have a dialogue" I always consider this statement when I work, the further along I am, the work will guide me to make creative decisions, so the process and act of painting will also play a large part in how the painting takes shape.

Another massive influence i my work is my own personal experience in life. I think of two Artists who have influenced me massively ad they are Nancy Spero and Louise Bourgeois.... and like both of these artists I will always be wrestling with personal issues, and trying to use my work to give a voice and strength to the victim(victim past and present) to the outsider, to the misunderstood, to the other, basically trying to use my work to give a voice and hopefully strength to the other. I will always use notions of community, memory, land, poverty, to the marginalised.
#brexit #shoah #irelandonenorthandsouth #creativeireland




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Dunmore Cave, County Kilkenny and County Carlow



Creative Commemoration


My approach to commemoration this time is to involve people of Ireland, people within communities by recording their oral histories. They have also become involved in the process of creating the artwork. My work focuses on The Irish Landscape and the impact of these events on the environment, the human environment and the landscape environment. I am still in the early phases of the work. I have come to believe since working ad engaging each community I have worked with is: the solution to solving brexit is to recognise that this can be a very positive event for Ireland. A possible way it will be a positive event for the Island of Ireland is to ensure that the people of Ireland come together with a united voice. A united voice will ensure union. We need to learn from the past, we can’t leave the solution to political groups who are thinking in a very singular way, not in an inclusive way. By their very nature these political parties thrive and become relevant when there is conflict. That is not to say that they should not be part of the dialogue, we need more input from the people all over Ireland, north and south, I hope I can achieve developing some awareness for the need to have more people in Ireland become part of the dialogue and solution. At minimum I would suggest people familiarise themselves with Dr. Roisin Higgins, Sr. Lecturer in History at Queens University, Belfast.







Landscape and Memories Series 2012 - 2018
 

Additional sources

historyhub.ie, Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020 – 2023, decadeofcentenaries.com, ireland2016.gov.ie, creativeireland.ie
#decadeofcentenaries #historyhubireland

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Works on paper 2015 - 2018,

Irish Landscape and memories series 2015 - 2018
Williamsburg, Brooklyn Series, 1989 - 2018
Sisters 2015 - 2018, oil on paper, from the Irish Landscape and memories series

Detail of Sisters, 2015 -  2018, oil on paper, from the Irish Landscape and memories series
Vagina Crucifix, ink and watercolour on paper, from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn series 1989 - 2018

Untitled 2015 - 2018, oil on paper, from Irish Landscape and Memories series

Penis Cross, Ink on paper, from the Williamsburg series 1989 - 2018

Untitled, watercolour on paper from the Irish landscape and memories series 2015 - 2018
Irish Landscape and memories series, detail of painting. 2015 - 2018 Sold
Irish Landscape and memories, 2015 - 2018, detail of acrylic painting on paper. Sold
Irish Landscape and memories Series 2015- 2018  Sold

Detail of ink drawing, study for painting. williamsburg, Brooklyn series, 1989 - 2018 Sold

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Artwork past and present

Artwork 1993 -2018 Williamsburg Brooklyn to Fenit Tralee.

Irish Landscape ad memories Series 2015 -  2018 oil on canvas 

Mangerton Mountain Irish Landscape and Memories series, 2015 - 2018 oil on paper 


Sisters, Irish Landscape and memories series, 2015 - 2018, oil on paper

Yesterday, Irish Landscape and memories series, 2015 - 2018 mixed media on canvas 2018
Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold





Penis Cross, Oil on cannvas, Williamsburg Brooklyn series, 1989 - 1993 Sold


Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold


Williamsburg Brooklyn series, oil on canvas, 1989 - 1993 Sold


Eva, Williamsburg Brooklyn series, Resin on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold


Eva, Williamsburg Brooklyn series, Resin on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

Untitled, Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

 Williamsburg Brooklyn series,mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

 Williamsburg Brooklyn series, detail from painting, 1989 - 1993 Sold

 Williamsburg Brooklyn series, detail from oil painting, 1989 - 1993 Sold

 Williamsburg Brooklyn seriesmixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

Williamsburg Brooklyn series, detail from oil painting, 1989 - 1993 Sold

Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold

Williamsburg Brooklyn series, mixed media on paper, 1989 - 1993 Sold


Friday, 26 January 2018

Caves To Canvas Series 2018

My Landscape and Memories Series 2018
The Painting Layer, Below
The Research Layer, Cave entrance in Fenit, Mangerton Mountain, Killarey and Benbulben Mountain County Sligo
The Installation Layer Research and Thoughts
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Benbulben County Sligo A Lost Son Brian MacNeill history



Benbulben, County Sligo  Acrylic on Board 2018              

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