With thanks for an Artist Support Grant made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, throughout 2024, I will be creating a new series entitled, Fields and Fairies: Medicine Paintings Through The Portal of Old Irish. These paintings are inspired by near-extinct phrases of old Irish. Each phrase offers medicine for understanding the inter-relationship between humans, land and spirit. This seedlings of this series began on a recent trip to the Dingle Peninsula where old Irish culture is lived and celebrated. I came upon the book, “Thirty-Two Words for Field” by Manchán Magan. This book put into words what I sensed being on that landscape. That people once held a far deeper relationship with the land, and through that relationship, they had entry into realms of peace and magic, which through Anglo-sized English, we now disregard as fantasy. There are lessons for living modern life available through the pages of meaning encoded in a single word of old Irish, now threatened by linguistic extinction. These paintings will bring visual life to this fading tradition and the medicine it offers.
Bealach na Bo' Finne/The Milky Way, 2023
24 x 36
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 10 matted and sign giclee prints + folklore description $30
This painting depicts the story of the river goddess Boann, the goddess of the River Boyne. Boann created the Boyne River when she disobeyed her husband and walked counter clock-wise around the Well of Segais. Because she challenged the power of the well, the water rose up and flooded the land to the sea, drowning her and creating the Boyne and she as it's goddess. It was said that the river and goddess are so bountiful and luminous that at night their light is reflected into the sky, forming the Milky Way. There is much more to the story of this land, the goddess and the meaning behind this phrase that translates as “The Milky Way.” Too much for a simple post so for now, “As above, so below.”