Part of this current body of work is the result of collaboration with Irish printmaker Eileen Keane. Elements of this collaboration have focused on the concept of land and cultural identity. A common interest of ours was ancient lands and archaeological findings.
I have always been fascinated by sacred sites and whether some places intrinsically “hold” sacredness. Having previously researched ritual deposition within Wales, I was intrigued by the bog bodies and artefact findings discovered in the Irish bog lands.
During the collaboration we also explored the notion of how land and its usages shaped communities and cultural identities. Eileen’s stories of working on the family peat lands -now a lost industry-resonated with my own childhood in a mining village in the South Wales Valleys.