These images are from my most recent solo exhibition held in the Cork Film Centre for the month of July 2014.
My work often tries to pinpoint the moment between something and nothing, perhaps between life and death. It explores the boundary between something consciously articulated and something only sensed somewhere under the surface. 'Half Sea & Half Sky' describes the faint line between water and air, the horizon which is often broken and fundamentally an illusion.
During installation I found, going in and out of the projection room over the last few days, a strange sense of just that moment between one thing and another. It was quiet in there, the colour dragged out like it appears under water. This was not the bright turquoise of southern California. More like a small but deep pool or quarry, or even the floor of a stony cove. Only occasionally a shaft of sun pierces through and lights the colours in the rock.
The hands, then, are trying to hold on to this experience. Trying to grasp the ungraspable, the wordless state. In the hanging installation, paper hands are holding liquid, which has long since seeped out or evaporated. In the alcove, it is pouring from hand to hand to some entirely useless paper vessels and on.
An ongoing exploration of two dimensional three dimensionality (or something).
Part of a solo exhibition in 2011 funded by the Laois Co. Council Patronage Award. This work was created in part with dancer Shelly Nafshi and artist Kerstin Walsh.
Videos from this exhibition can be viewed under 'Video Works'
A Countable Transparency
A collaboration with Regan O'Brien, commissioned by Corp_Real for Galway Dance Days in NUIG Galway 2015.
This performance Installation invited participants to navigate its unpredictable landscape and follow their impulses to engage with it. To become an instrumental force in the formation, dispersal and reformation of it's patterns, to discover the transient narratives which emerged from your encounter.
Huge Thank Yous to: Ríonach Ní Néill and Galway Dance Days Festival, NUIG & Bryan Rabbitte, Fumbally Court Studio Dublin, Dr. Niall Coughlan (Sound Artist), Simon Milligan (Sound Artist), Amanda Feery (Sound Artist). Cork Film Centre Olwyn Davis, Ian Graham & Lua Rose Shelley O’Brien.
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Image by William Hederman
Folders by Laura Muphy with visuals by Astrid Walsh: a youth dance project performed on the 20th of June 2015 as part of 'A Dance Brew' in the Firkin Crane during the Cork Midsummer Festival.
'Crumple your expectations up in a ball and throw them in the bin. Folders unfurls in a three-dimensional two-dimensional world, where dancers interact with paper dolls they create. In the end, the dolls and the strange world they inhabit exert more influence on the dancers than they think. Who is creating whom? Folders introduces eight local teenagers to the world of professional dance. Its paper world is infused with their creativity and energy.'
Choreographer: Laura Murphy
Visuals: Astrid Walsh
Live score: Irene Buckley
Costume: Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin
Assistant Choreographers: Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin and Helga Deasy
Lighting: Rob Moloney
Dancers: Emma Foley, Roisin Hanlon, Dara Hazell, Meg Hennessy, Finola Kelleher, Iona Lynch, Eabha O'Leary Reidy and Freyja O'Sullivan.
Images by Claire Keogh, Gemma Riggs and Astrid Walsh.
Folders Promotional Trailer
Pop Up People Project - Clonmel Junction Festival
This Clonmel Junction Festival Project involved 12 4th classes creating vivid figures using simple line drawings. In a three sessions programme, characters were developed, cut out and set up to create scenarios and story lines incorporating everyday objects and furniture within the children’s school environment. Using photography and blogging, stories and images were recorded and given a life on line to be shared with the public and other schools. In the run-up to Festival time, the characters appeared in a variety of locations on the streets of Clonmel. They also travelled to all corners of the world. Many more pictures on the website and blog.
An ongoing collection of experimental images inspired by the myth of the 'Undine' or 'Ondine', a female water elemental. In particular the short story 'Undine Geht' (Undine Goes) by Ingeborg Bachmann, written in the 60s.
The perspex photo boxes measure 15x15cm and can be purchased in the shop below.