This project aims to explore both the historic and contemporary buildings that are within the boundaries of Dublin Port. In many cases these structures are surrounded by fences and barriers to restrict the public from access.
When encountering these I could not help but wonder about those who encounter restriction of movement in the recent increase in global migration.
Rockpools are internal zones that appear and disappear as the tide moves. They provide us with an endless source of life and colour within an abundance of shapes.
This ‘work in progress’ portfolio is further exploration of my research project which is an investigation of Dublin Port. It aims to explore the complexities of a number of social issues that affect human culture from both a historical, local and global perspective.
Dublin Port is situated at the mouth of the River Liffey Estuary and represents all aspects of how mankind interacts with nature. It is a key strategic access point for Ireland as it handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland and is undergoing a regeneration program which hopes to ’meet the present human needs while preserving the environment’ (Sustainability Report, 2017)
This ‘work in progress’ created during the Informing Contexts module within the MA program, combine topographical observation which explores specifically the ‘movement’ within the Port area. However, the images are also representational of human culture and how we impact the land. This is a constant factor in my practice and I see the Port with its multiple layers of complexity as a referent of important political schisms brought about by globalisation, in particular the recent increase in migration and potential for change due to Brexit.
Landings | 2019
This project is an exploration that takes you on a journey from the Irish Sea passing through Dublin Port up the River Liffey to the Port’s original position in the centre of Dublin City. These images aim to highlight the contrast between the former location of Dublin Port, which has experienced significant redevelopment over the last two decades and the present hidden areas of Dublin Port.
Dublin Port is also in the process of a regeneration program, so this section of the River Liffey will also change dramatically in the next decade. It is a place with an enormous history with a multiplicity of meanings.
The economic survival of our nation depends on Dublin Port as it hosts approximately two-thirds of Ireland's port traffic. This makes it the busiest port in Ireland and Brexit has recently forced this hidden place into the limelight.
‘A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s locked and opens inward: As long as it does not occur to him to pull rather that push’.
This WIP project, ‘Return’ is part of a more extensive exploration into Dublin Port and the surrounding areas and hopes to explore the reversal of time and connect more deeply with the essence of this isolated place. In addition to highlighting the historical, multilayered meanings of the port by moving away from the more representational approach the work introduces a subjective element to this special place.