Cuimhne

This project emerged after meeting a scientist who was conducting research on Potato Blight. Being from Ireland this had an immediate significance for me, historically and culturally. So I began to explore this connection between scientific process and historical memory within Ireland's landscape. Through the medium of printmaking, I have incorporated potato plant matter with soil transported from Ireland into a collograph plate as a symbolic way of representing the imprint left on the landscape. Alongside these are paper sculptures inspired by the effects of the blight on potato plant growth patterns. I have merged both through the printing process, imposing the print of the landscape onto the sculptures, leaving the negative of the paper pieces left behind in the print, suggestive of loss and absence. 

'Cuimhne' - the Irish word for memory.