Found or family photographs are the source material for many of my paintings which address women’s lives in 1950s Ireland. I intervene to bring colour, new scale, and new meaning to the images prioritising women and giving these photographic images an afterlife. The figures in my paintings, mainly women, appear in ‘a situation’, sometimes smothered by heavy skies. The aesthetic and culture of the 1950s has a strong visual resonance for me.
My artwork offers my personal perspective on that time.