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I had a realization this morning driving into Glór. I was in the car and I saw a group of school kids in a procession along the pavement, off out with their teacher somewhere. They looked to be about 7/8 years old. Bringing up the line, at the back, was a little girl in a wheelchair, being pushed along by a lady, probably her SNA. [...]

2019-10-09T10:15:14+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Night Crawl- Post Performance Thoughts

So I did the night crawl through Ennis town on Saturday night. I know I am going to struggle with how to describe the experience as it was a strange and surreal one. Describe the event on a practical level: See below for the map of the route I took. Its exactly .5k, and takes not even 5 minutes to walk. First mistake was thinking [...]

2019-10-08T13:10:42+00:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Night crawl performance

I am planning to do a durational performance this weekend, Saturday night, here in Ennis Co Clare. Why crawl? See pic above, and also: I’m interested in the juxtaposition of the functionality of crawling- as opposed to the emotive response people might have towards seeing someone. A baby crawling = delight A drunk person crawling = disgust A disabled person crawling, like my child, who [...]

2019-10-02T10:48:26+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Performing at EVIL IV

Last Thursday night I performed with a Limerick based collective of artists at their 4rth Live art event, called Collective Evil IV. I had had a normal thursday with the usual schedule, so by the time I got into the car to leg it up to Limerick I was tired and a bit nervous. But I didn't have time to stress as I was late [...]

2019-09-30T12:51:32+00:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sunday Night not particularly deep thoughts about Culture Night.

Sat here in the kitchen trying to do some administrative work that has been hanging over me for the weekend. I'm not getting very far with it but then again the weekly shopping is done, I've made dinner and cleaned up, made the school lunches, the kids are bathed, uniforms have been located and music practice is done so I've not exactly been dossing or [...]

2019-09-22T20:44:37+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Objects of importance 2

Three Hellish Furies I brought my 1948 copy of the Divine Comedy with me to the studio this morning. It’s very precious to me. I love books anyway and collect them as objects as well as to read. This has illustrations by Gustav Doré an illustrator whose skill, gothic gloom and drama has always affected me. I am going to pick out some of my [...]

2019-09-17T09:32:06+00:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

glór day 7- Friday. ruminations and explanations

Showing Up. Why I am here. My situation is: I changed careers from fitness (14 years working in fitness industry) to art. I moved from Cork where I worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, to Ennis, Co Clare, where I had no job. Did this exactly 3 years ago. I started my MA in Fine Art with OCA, UK in September 2016 and [...]

2019-09-12T11:02:33+00:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

glór day 5- crawling in decreasing circles, durational alphabet attempt

I had a better day today, in terms of mental ability. I had trained before coming to glór, and arrived already warmed up and not unfamiliar to movement, so it was easier to get straight into it. I had given myself the jobs today of crawling all over the floor of the studio. Tara who teaches the Performance course I am doing mentioned that I [...]

2019-09-11T21:01:49+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

glór day 4- more gestures, A-Z and laughing buddhas

I arrived this morning with no drive.. I just didnt have my usual focus. I was pleased to have just come form a meeting with my photographer friend and collaborator, where I put a date on the performance Night Crawl I have been working on, but I still felt anxious and distracted. That was ok, I just went about getting through my list of tasks [...]

2019-09-10T10:03:43+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|
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