5 days In and some themes are coming through in my photography and my collecting. Finding interest in the local walnut trees, with their dark, inky husks and leathery fallen leaves.
The local paths have given up a collection of shotgun shells in differing colours and states and the exotic quills of porcupines.
So the points of material interest are set, looking forward to developing new work from this.
I arrived yesterday in Italy for an 8 day residency in Pietrafitta, Italy hosted by Art Arcadia with my creative collective Mak9. The residency is aimed towards our next project, Riverbero, which will be an exhibition/installation in St.Martins in Belfast, a deconsecrated church now used for community projects as well as series of talks and workshops supported by the University of Ulster as part of the Festival of Art and Design.
So far I’ve been just settling in and getting over the travelling. Paola took me on a walk to get a feel for the area, Pietrafitta is her home village, very rural in the mountains south of Rome. Here are a few initial observations.
Back in Donegal for the weekend by myself, as I’ve mentioned before Melmore head is whereby family holidayed when I was a kid and is a place that shaped my imagination and connection with the landscape. It is so wild, full of vivid colour, rich textures and a real sense of being alive. I took a ton of photos trying to take it all in again, here are a few observations and a collection of small found things. A short, but refreshing trip, I hope to be back again soon.