A Walk across Wicklow from West to East/ Quarantine
My project began as a walk across Wicklow, connecting the humanity of its Neolithic and monastic past with my present.
It became ‘Quarantine’ – a record of over 40 days from March 25th to May 4th, 2020. ‘Quarantena’ was the term given to the period of 40 days that ships arriving in Venetian ports were forced to wait offshore to ensure that they were not carrying the Plague. I laid out 40 CDs. Every day I removed one, wrote the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths worldwide and in Ireland in the empty square, and placed a stone in the empty space.
The connecting motif is stones – marker stones, memorial stones, sculptures, passages, gravestones, stones in the construction of the tumulus and the monastic buildings – stones built to welcome deities, solstices, equinoxes, sunrises and sunsets, to capture the life force of their gods for the Earth, and to mark our returning to the Earth.