Conflicted

Conflicted

I have a new exhibition at Boxheart, Pittsburgh  in the main gallery February 28th – March 24th, 2017. The opening reception is March 4th, 5-8pm.
In this body of work, I explore the idea of home.  My home is here is the U.S. and yet, when I say, “I’m going home”, I actually mean that I am going to Ireland. But when I’m home in Ireland, I’m a visitor – someone home for a short vacation. Until recently, I hadn’t keenly felt this conflict and asks myself; “What is home? Is it where I am from, the soil I was born on, the landscape I know so well, the culture I inherited versus where I am now? Or is it the house I live in, the friends that support me and the politics and issues I embrace as mine”? This current imagery seeks to integrate me as one simultaneously both immigrant and emigrant by referencing the Irish landscape, borrowing Irish cultural motifs, and adopting the ancient Celtic Ogham script to communicate where I am today.