Sunday 10 December 2006

Silent Witness art installation 2005

This is a partial view of an installation that was first shown at the Jersey Galleries in London, 2005.
The work was initially inspired by a longstanding desire to create a work that was/is homage to those who died in the 'Coffin Ships' that crossed the Atlantic Ocean. This being a consequence of the Famine in Ireland in the 1830's. Thousands died on board the ships and were buried at sea. The coffin forms are surfaced with intaglio embossed Aran patterns, which were what fishermen’s wives, knitted for their men folk in the event of their relatives being lost at sea. In the course of my research, along with the process of creating the work - the piece became a homage to all those refugees and emigrants who face death on their way to seeking a life where they can endeavour to reach their full potential. By clicking on the heading you can find more details and views of the entire installation which used intaglio, digital, plaser casts, and led light.


  1. I adore this... it's so different. Fascinating, captivating. It pulls you in and you get lost studying it. Simply fantastic. Art makes me smile (Val) on flickr x

  2. Thank you Val.....for that , much appreciated. I am very fond of the piece myself and it really was a lot of work.


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