About the Project
Medium: Japanese Ink on Rice Paper. Augmented Reality Digital Layer.
Venue: RSPACE, Lisburn.
Date Exhibited: February – March 2019
The work shown in this short was created in response to challenges posed to the people of Northern Ireland by the implementation of BREXIT and the implications of controversial issues around the Northern Ireland border.
Conceptually, the work referenced that Brexit was a threat to the free movement of people on the island of Ireland enjoyed since the Good Friday Agreement, that while the Orange and the Green didn’t really mix, they could live side by side, respecting each others’ different traditions and cultures and ways of being in the world.
The work suggested that Northern Ireland can accommodate all colours and together they can create beautiful patterns. The work was shown in the RSPACE Gallery, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in February/March 2019 with the Shore Collective.
I recently revisited this work as I was chatting with Zara Lyness (@z.lyness) , a fellow artist who posted about experimenting with marbling using shaving foams for workshops she’s preparing.
I was really interested because I tried out a lot of marbling techniques too when I was preparing this piece. It was great fun trying to adapt them to workshops as well and participants really loved it. Eventually this led me to the ancient art of Suminagashi: which is the Japanese water and marbling techniques using inks. I added Digital Layers using Artivive Augmented Reality to the finished prints so you could see the process of the inks dispersing and the pattern forming. The work was shown with the Shore Collective (@shorecollectivelurgan) in the RSPACE in Lisburn ( @rspacegallerylisburn ) back in 2019.
As Zara says there is no room for material snobbery in her studio. I 100% agree with that.