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Have always remembered to take the time to write post performance thoughts since Aine Philips advised.. she said make sure you do it while the memories of the experience are fresh. Sure enough I'm already forgetting and it was only on Thursday evening and it is Sat night now. I travelled up and blogged about that. sitting on trains, churning stomach, at forty bloody seven! [...]

2022-08-08T06:55:24+00:00April 2nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

movement preparations for This is not the end, thursday, Ogham, Catalyst Arts

crawling, skipping, swopping, shuddering, skipping, hopscotching, leaping, striding slowly, swinging arms and legs high, exaggerated motions, side gorilla walking, kneeling and pivoting back and forth, using the walls to lean agains and twist around up and down the alley. pressing against the window, reaching, zigzagging back and forth, squatting. moving through squatting in a duckwalk. It came from being at Clonmoney national school outside painting [...]

2022-03-31T15:21:29+00:00March 31st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Emotional Load- Pack UnPack for Second Collective, Vault Studios.

On the train back to Dublin after doing Pack/Unpack- a 3 hour durational performance, as part of Second Collectives Imagine Belfast Event. But it felt like the performance physically began when I started travelling to Belfast this morning at 8am from the Luas station, Ballinteer, dublin. I hoiked, heaved, pulled and dragged my heavy cumbersome suitcase through dublin and Belfast. Im always pleased to do [...]

2022-03-26T19:22:36+00:00March 26th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Ogham Residency so far

Drawings I have made in response to the prompts sent by Jen on the ogham Residency, a 3 artist process based residency in Catalyst Arts, Belfast. Other artists, sculptor Stephanie Tanner and painter Brian Kielt. Curator Jen Alexander. I asked to make a drawing response each day to a prompt from the space so as to feel more connected to the project. I am only [...]

2022-03-02T21:46:04+00:00March 2nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Stuff going on and sweden thoughts

Stuff going on: 4 school residencies going on: Artist in schools, St Annes. Blast Artist ptnrshp: Clonmoney School and St Senans School. TAP Artist prtnrshp- Scoil Chriost Ri. All 4 of these school partnerships taking up a lot of space in my head and the planning and organising needed to go with them. Lovely teachers and kids, especially the kids at St Annes who are [...]

2022-02-19T00:36:30+00:00February 19th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

action drawing performance process

I need to write down this stuff so as to sequence my thoughts, which are all muddled up and hence causing me stress: I spent time in glór studio this morning with a view to developing/rehearsing some movement sequences for the upcoming performance I am doing for the art event in Gävle, Sweden. Name of event: Ad Spatium (meaning, to go the distance) its latin, [...]

2022-02-03T22:04:07+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mature/emerging/auto immune

Had a late night zoom with Jen from Catalyst Arts last night. Talk about changing the emotional path of a busy standard Tuesday. Jen is setting up a project, her last one as a Catalyst Arts Director as her directorship is soon coming to an end. She gets to decide who she works with on this project and she has selected two other artists and [...]

2022-01-26T22:18:20+00:00January 26th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Jan- skates on time people!

As I write it is 4rth Jan. A lifetime since last post, indeed. With Christmas done and kids back to school imminently and gaff now more or less liveable in, feel the feverish need to plan. thinking about First quarter I have to get the Artist in schools residencies done. did a reccie on these today, feel now more that I have things a bit [...]

2022-01-04T23:07:59+00:00January 4th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Going on a bit- Re-Vision Festival 2021

I drove up to Belfast this am- I left at 10 and got there just after 3- the trip up was un eventful but I was late arriving because I spent the last hour driving around Belfast city centre negotiating the traffic trying to access the car park.. this seems to be a recurring issue for me with these trips.. When I arrived, just a [...]

2021-11-28T00:44:06+00:00November 28th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Going ON a bit- simplification process

OK I tried this yesterday for the first time. Problem- trying to keep talking whilst going through the tasks. Kept getting brain freeze. Simplication needed. 5 tasks? 1: Getting out of bed putting on clothes slippers etc, feeding dog, filling kettle 2: Helping kids get dressed- annie, clothes, AFOs etc 3: driving to school 4: sitting on floor working on laptop 5: making dinner, making [...]

2022-11-18T09:58:35+00:00November 28th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|
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