This project stems from my observation of communication through electronic channels and a visual exploration on how these mediums can effect the individual. With a myriad of communicational tools available the idea of the "global village" is somewhat tangible. But the nature of these mediums of communication can have a contradictory effect to connectivity; over sanitised screen dialogues are capable of generating traits such as introversion, narcissism and voyeurism. This project began as a hand drawn interpretation that mapped an online social network. A system of interdependent points linked, by one or more forms of communication;a diagram of disseminated data, communication and information.This map was then torn into 100 pieces and meticulously replicated by pencil. Through the act of drawing, the replicated fragments of a fictional past conversation, give a sense of frustration and obsession, while dually creating false identities and pseudo realities.
The inspiration behind this work is lonely hearts advertisements. And tea. A cup of tea can cure all ails, and loneliness is a great one it helps with. All of these used tea bags holds their own insignificant story, and, combined with a painted object become intrinsic characters.
ROAD ROLLER PRINT EVENT Artist members of Cork Printmakers, Brian Barry, Sean Hanrahan, Fiona Kelly and Peter McMorris; first year students from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, and Access with Design students from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa. On the 27 November in the old Sawmills site on Copley Street, seven large-scale linoleum blocks up to 6ft x 3.3ft (180cm x 100cm) were inked-up and printed manually using a 2.5 ton Industrial Road Roller. This project was in association with, Cork Printmakers, Art Trail 2010, and has been funded by Cork City Council Arts Office Project Scheme.