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This island has always known great hunger, we are a starving people, though I have never met him, I took the soup, and it did not burn my tongue, or my mother’s tongue, or my mother-tongue. This island has always known great evil, we are a god-fearing people, though I have never met him, I drank the blood, but it gave me no tongues of fire either. But I tasted the salmon, the forbidden fruit, and here I regurgitate its stories, and like Orcus, who devours the sinner, you devour me as I speak.

To Hell or to Connacht (2019) is primarily a work of expanded drawing practices as opposed to conventional (or even unconventional) Cinema.

It exists as a visual rambling, a contemplation on the Cromwellian phrase.

The Irish language and oral tradition are important elements in my practice, and verbal wordplay often trespasses into the visual or conceptual vocabulary in the work, such as Ifreann (Hell) & Aifreann (Mass).

Hand drawn animation is a volatile and performative medium and a paradoxically crude and elegant form of organic storytelling.

To Hell or to Connacht will be screening at the Crawford Art Gallery in February 2022.

 

Other Exhibitions include: 

Dismantle, MTU Crawford College of Art & Design (June 2019)

Fledglings, Lavit Gallery (September 2019)

BOMBARD, CIT James Barry Exhibition Centre (October 2019)

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Opening Reception of BOMBARD exhibition, CIT James Barry Exhibition Centre 18th September 2019  •  Photo credit Darragh Kane Photography

 © Paul Connell 2019