The Artist as a migrant: Living life on the border

An artist’s journal about migration

SOMETIMES WE LOSE OUR GRASP OF THE TIME OR SPACE WHICH WE OCCUPY.  

WE BECOME DISPLACED OR DISCONNECTED AS WE START A NEW CHAPTER.

My work often tells the stories of people who live life on the border - be that the edge of a geography, an identity, or even time. For my current field of research I have been working with refugees, migrants, and those newcomers who identify as ‘other’ within Ireland, seeking their stories to understand more about how their identity and sense of place has changed. 

Detail from  Borders are a Human Construct,  2018

Detail from Borders are a Human Construct, 2018

These stories have become part of a sculptural installation in my new home of Ireland. Telling the stories of individuals who feel they live life in between two places (or more), the artworks will seek to find out the challenges of assimilating these two existences or shifting their sense of self. Perhaps they have crossed geographical borders, perhaps their past, present and future identities seem disconnected, perhaps they simply feel out of place. 

These new works will be on display at select times from the 13th - 20th of September 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. More information on this exhibition and its related events can be found here.

Find out more here about this ‘artist journal’ series of blog posts which aims to give a personal insight into the process of an artist moving country, and being from many places at once.