The artist was engaged by the place, and especially by the phenomenon of the rock formations that she applied for an arts grant to do a residency in Belderrig, including working with the children in the local national school making photogramms in a make-shift darkroom, based on ideas around place, memory and identity.
Roseanne Lynch’s photographs that make this body of work Continuum were shot on a 5″ x 4″ field camera, negatives scanned and the resulting 20″ x 30″ prints shown in exhibition at The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, in the summer of 2004.
Rocks are meant to be solid and secure, unmoving, yet when the artist stood on Belderrig shore and saw the folds, the crashing, the solidified explosion and noise of these silent ancient structures what she saw was a reflection of her own confusion.
Five thousand years ago people on these hills built walls around themselves and their animals to provide and protect those they love.
The pattern that archaeologists are revealing of these ancient walls of Ceide Fields reappear in the rocks of Belderrig shore, like an ancient map drawn before the walls were conceived.
To look at a pattern on a rock and see a landscape of a foreign plain, or pathways through an ancient environment reflected a feeling of disorientation. A map with no reference points of scale or landmarks. How do you know where you are?
Client: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo – August 2004