Cróch an Fhómhair
Society in which we live today is increasingly disconnected from nature at an alarming rate. As an educator and an artist, I believe it is essential for mankind to have a greater awareness of the natural world and to take better care of the environment, before catastrophic planetary conditions become irreversible. This body of work is an exploration of the impact of contemporary living upon the natural environment. The forms and colours are derived from endangered plant species found on Ireland's Red List, in particular, the Meadow Saffron plant. Its extinction is attributable to a poisonous substance called colchicine found in the plant's root system; requiring it to be removed from meadows used in the expansion of beef farming. The detailed and delicate nature of the work is intended to bring awareness to the destruction and loss of natural Irish wildlife brought about through processes of unconscious contemporary living.Salesian College, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. St Farnan's, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. Stewarts, Kilcloon, Co. Meath.