“I was still a shadow then. Scáth na scáthanna. I had no real shape or form. Those came later. It took months before I could hold anything for longer than an instant. This came through concentration, by watching every aspect of a form. Every detail….”
Moving between two languages, an radharc ón fhuinneog chúil. the view from the backseat, is narrated by a watcher, a parasitic double, who waits in the shadows. This work began as a ‘conversation’ with an image, that of the back of a car, from which the scáth na scáthanna revealed itself.
Is físeán le guthú é an saothar seo, an radharc ón fhuinneog chúil. the view from the backseat, ag bogadh idir dhá theanga. Is breathnóir agus cineál leathcheann seadánach é an scéalaí a fhanann sna scáthanna. Thosaigh an saothar seo mar ‘chomhrá’ le híomhá ó chúl an ghluaisteáin, óna dtáinig a shadow of shadows.
Go raibh maith agaibh: le Liam Ó Bradaigh as a chuidiú, agus Courtney Braniff, Niall Ó Siadhail agus Aoife Nig Loingsigh as a gcuidiú fosta.
Thanks also to the team at CCA Derry/Londonderry
An initial version of this work was produced as part of figments.art project.
Tá saothar beag agam sa tionscadal seo. Tá sé as Béarla den chuid is mó ach tá cúpla focal Gaeilge ann. Is cineal comhra é idir fuaim, nó téacs, agus íomhá (tá athscríbhinn ann fosta).
As part of a ‘gathering of exchanges with pictures’, I contributed a short fiction in English and some Irish, with an accompanying image of the open back of a car. There is audio file & image on each artist’s page and you can scroll down for a transcript.
figments is conceived by Alice-Anne Psaltis with design by Arturo Guzmán Pérez