Sraitheanna Portaigh (Bog Layers)
I felt an urgent responsibility to explore the complex multi layered realities of the Climate Emergency. I found a powerful lens for this in the landscape of our bogs, their wonderful sentience, their layered histories and memories, their incredible biodiversity and their beneficent capacity for mitigating the impact of fossil fuel pollutants.
This project explores the connection between bog landscapes and the climate emergency. Who are the bogs carers? What lies within that landscape, just under our feet and behind what we first see? How do bogs absorb air pollutants? Do bogs speak; is anyone listening?
I want to evoke a feeling response in the viewer. To this end I deconstruct used materials, stories and objects and remake them into new and unexpected configurations. I used sculpture, sound and paintings based on my photographs. I have also used video, recycled materials along with natural materials found in the bog landscape. Ancestry, Bog Hermes, Bog Sculpture and Future Texts register the ‘sraitheanna’ or layers I encountered in Girly, Lodge, Lullymore and Lixnaw bogs.