My life is connected to two countries. My parents emigrated from Ireland to the US in the ’50s. They moved back to Ireland when I was 7 where I lived between the urban world of Dublin city and rural country life in the west of Ireland. I returned to the US in my mid-twenties, my “home away from home”.
In my work, I consider how surface has the ability to hold memory and experience. Histories leave impressions in the land, structures, and of course people. Evidence of these histories is sometimes visible and other times permeates the atmosphere.
As I examine my images and delve into archival family photographs, the moments that look back at me reveal connective tissue between the past and the present as they explore themes of belonging, memory structures, and cultural identity.