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Caught in the slipstream

So I made the piece about rejection inspired by the email I got from the Arts council on Tuesday re my second application this year, this time for the Covid 19 artists fund. Initially as I wrote in my last piece I am used to getting letters of rejection. In fact there's an email just come into my in box re a submission I made [...]

2020-05-19T10:25:06+00:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Laughing in the face of rejection

Gotta love these dramatic titles! I got word back from the Arts council on Tuesday re my second application this year, this time for the Covid 19 artists fund. Fucks sake. And whats my track record, is it the amount of times I have made applications already and been rejected? I suppose the only way to find out is to make yet another application which [...]

2020-05-14T14:55:00+00:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

stuff happening and stuff trying to make happen

Distance connection project with Marten, Kirsty, Barbara- see last post Poetry connection project with Eleanor Clare Kids Art competition- continuing I need to be ready- parts 2 and 3. I am hoping to get part 2 made tomorrow, Friday evening. With Paul corey at the old mental asylum on the gort road. Feeling a bit anxious and unsure re this. So all normal there, ha [...]

2020-04-30T11:01:11+00:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Distance connection project

I wrote a proposal for a distance contact project with Marten, Kirsty and Barbara to make a short film. See below: It's about submitting a short film, or piece of art, or spoken word, about isolation and loneliness. Mainly. Read the brief! It's paid, a little anyway. I thought about us, scattered all over the place, all doing different things post masters and all of course, caught up [...]

2020-04-30T10:41:06+00:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Old Asylum

Trip to ennis abandoned mental hospital today Last night on my walk I went for a wander around the grounds of the old mental hospital on the gort road, ennis. See the following lifted from wiki: The hospital, which was designed by opened as the Ennis Asylum in 1868. It became Ennis Mental Hospital in the 1920s and went on to become Our Lady's Hospital in [...]

2020-04-27T21:05:39+00:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

I Need To Be Ready Tasks 6-10

Was in the shower, where thinking can happen as I get to be by myself. How to make the next part of the performance? I am thinking of sprinting, standing up and lying down, doing some push ups, maybe going through some scales and arpeggios, and oh I don't fucking know it seems so ridiculous and non constructive on any level when I even write [...]

2020-04-19T21:50:01+00:00April 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

16 April 2020

today is nearly 4 weeks since the schools closed, due to the corona virus pandemic. At least I think it was 4 weeks ago, time has blurred. Any entries here are sparse and brief and disjointed due to them being started and unfinished or hurriedly recored. As there is pretty much no work going on and this is supposed to be a record of my [...]

2020-04-16T07:23:14+00:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Body Morse Code- going back to the start

https://youtu.be/CoPinMU7zvE Body morse Code, 2019 I made the piece of work above, with the help of my photographer friend Paul, who shot the photos in his studio. Id been thinking about how the human figure can look so graphic and shape like, and I wanted to experiment with lots of these shapes changing rapidly, sort of emulating early photography sequences, Eadweard Muybridge style. Early photography [...]

2020-04-13T08:50:09+00:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Strength actions in the Burren. And in the nick of time too.

Equipment for today’s performance I went to the base of Mullaghmore mountain to film some art actions this evening. My friend Paul TY photographer came too and we drove separately and stayed apart observing social distance as per the current guidelines. I felt a little unsure re making this but as it was technically within the covid -19 parameters- keeping social distance, not being in [...]

2020-03-27T22:08:09+00:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Covid 19 and being at home

I like putting on nice clothes. I like training. I like challenging myself physically. I dont like waiting. Time to combine. Thinking about wearing one of my occasion dresses, like one of the ones in my box upstairs in my cupboard, and going somewhere barren, wild, (social distancing) and flipping my tyre or swinging my seldgehammer. Or crawling about on some rocks. Combining the following [...]

2020-03-25T23:34:38+00:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|
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