In March and April 2017, we (artist Anna Glynn and biologist Peter Dalmazzo) were selected to be the first artist and scientist in residence at Interface residency in Ireland.
This was a wonderful opportunity to spend dedicated time immersing ourselves in a stunning landscape, in a location surrounded by the majesty of nature. The residency, based in the Connemara district of County Galway, has a studio nestled beside the everchanging waters of Lake Derryclare in the Inagh Valley. This was a truly magical place for artist and scientist to explore and respond to in an interdisciplinary collaboration.
We were interested in creating site-responsive artwork, with the landscape and nature as key elements, directing our research to paths both micro and macro. We spent time examining the nature of the place, recording through video, photography, painting, sound and time lapse. Many elements captured our interest including: the intimate development of frog eggs and tadpoles creating delicate abstract patterns, tidal movements of water in the inlets, the dramatic changing weather patterns, light shifting as it moved across heather clad mountains.
Our work is continuing on the projects begun during the residency but you can see a sample in this short excerpt. It is called Fusion 1 and combines time-lapse footage captured with the Brinno TLC200 Pro camera - a closeup of a traditional Irish stone wall on a rainy day in dappled light which is then overlapped with underwater footage of hatching frog spawn. Music: Lafayette by Ben Cosgrove http://www.bencosgrove.com/
Many thanks to Interface and Alannah Robins for creating such a wonderful opportunity to participate in this inspiring artist in residence program and to the local community for their warm and inclusive welcome.
Thank you to:
Interface - http://interfaceinagh.com/
Declan Clarke Director, Co-founder Inagh Valley Trust, for sharing some of his favourite places with us
Ben Cosgrove for the music: http://www.bencosgrove.com/
Brinno USA for their ongoing support - http://www.brinnousa.com/
The team at Connemara Community Radio for their support -http://www.connemarafm.com/