Wrap Process

Wrap Process The Burren County Clare 1999


This series of ten paintings was started in 1998 and used a process of wrapping canvas around the same erratic boulders and scouring the surface with sandpaper or mud and grass to provide the original ‘texts’, for later work in the studio. Using different formats and art historical references, the intention of the series was to highlight the complexity and contradictions of the relationship between culture and landscape in the Burren.


These ‘texts’ were processed and manipulated, some were highly crafted and stretched on deep aluminum frames, others remained as imprints pinned on the wall, untouched by a brush. The work was made for installation in Galway Arts Centre, the former home of Lady Gregory, a key-figure in the mythology of the west.[1]


[1] It was Lady Gregory who invited Synge, Yeats and other members of the Gaelic Literary revival to visit the West.

Dromoher, Kilnaboy, Co. Clare, Ireland