Five framed photo and text pieces.
Selected for The Parted Veil exhibition, The Glucksman, Cork, 2019.
Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney.
An exhibition of sixteen Irish artists who have used the photographic image to consider ideas of remembrance and celebration, and especially to reflect how intimate experiences express the wider events shaping our contemporary world.
Sum Total (Becoming things again) addresses memories of my deceased grandfather Tim through a combination of image and text. In 2002, while on a trip home from London, I began photographing his remaining belongings – a worn leather armchair, liquor bottles, mugs and dishes, a set of false teeth – while conducting interviews with family members about these household objects and their relation to him. My grandmother Elizabeth, who was living in a nursing home at the time and whose memory was gradually diminishing, contributed to these conversations. This work, which initially informed a 2002 performance piece titled Something to do with planes, was shown as a series of photographic diptychs, captioned with excerpts from these recordings.