I’m delighted to feature as one of the 64 artists in the book “In Trust. In Gratitude. In Hope. 10 Years at the Laois Arthouse” published by Laois County Council. An exhibition was put together to celebrate 10 years at the Laois Arthouse. This wonderful exhibition was put together by Muireann Ni Chonaill and the Laois Arts Team and curated by Monica Flynn.
My painting, Rewind the Film, depicts an abandoned house with a candle in the window signifying there is life still inside despite the condition of the property. It is my interpretation of Pat Boran’s specially-commissioned poem The Window Seat. Through my work with a local food poverty charity, I became very aware of the levels of extreme poverty in Laois and the country in general. I read Pat’s poem and it resonated with me because of what I have witnessed since becoming involved with the charity. Rewind the Film is a song by The Manic Street Preachers and sung by Richard Hawley. It harks back to a nostalgic time, lost youth, childrens’ memories of a happier, simpler time. I thought it was a perfect title for the painting.