Saturday, 8 March 2014

john henry brookes building opening

Here are a few snaps of our new library and union building: it is an architectural beauty which finally opened last week like a glorious gift of gargantuan proportions. And it's had everyone talking, there's a real buzz about the place. 

The building is generous, beautiful materials have not been designed out on account of budgeting and it really makes such a difference in the overall impression of the space. It's all about the detail, after all.

Friday, 7 March 2014


pick me up from 
deadpan boredom  
and throw me at the wall 

move into a place that resonates 
with my veins and with my soul 

what is life? 
I feel alive when I choose to break the chain 

predict nothing; 
with an open mind 
your choices create your sane

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

"animals get diseases, but only man falls radically into sickness"

This quote comes from a book, which I have not read, but heard several references to before: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

It stuck with me because of its evident truth; that humans are the only living creature who have to deal with mental illness. With the great power of our minds, comes the responsibility that many of us don't even realise we have, to keep them healthy.

And whilst I can't even begin to go into the complexities of the mind, I believe it is important for everyone to have an outward expression of thoughts and feelings, through sharing. Whether its written, spoken, painted or performed, to have a creative outlet in which to express yourself is freedom, and is the beginning to the freedom of the mind.

To let go of the negative and openly accept the positive, is something of a struggle, for certain. But it is a struggle that can only take us to a healthier, happier place.

Monday, 20 January 2014

here's the craic

Those January blues... we all get them, but how can we remedy them? A short weekend away can do us all a bit of good. I decided to spend some time away in the friendly, vibrant city of Dublin. Here are a few snaps from the short stay...

First stop is a stroll through the grounds of Trinity College. The coach from the airport drops visitors off right outside, so you can see for yourself how this historic college remains central to the city's vibe. Gallery-goers can check out the art and science galleries housed across the grounds, whose exhibitions change every two or three months. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

expect anything; life is unpredictable

500 Days of Summer is one of my favourite films, because it just makes so much sense:

The reason I think this scene works so well is because we all can completely relate to it. We have a vision in our heads of how an important meeting, conversation or event will play out, and we can be disastrously wrong. But if you flip the coin over, that isn't always a bad thing.

Sometimes reality can far exceed expectations. How many times have you worked yourself up about something and, things turn out for the much, much better?

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

drawn from life

Have you ever wished to live inside a painting?

As part of an ongoing project, I am exploring our perceptions of space in a reverse process to the conventional, by painting onto real objects to create the illusion of a flat drawing. In placing them back into their original surroundings, the resulting dialogue questions our ideas of reality.

Or so I hope. I have tried to implement the graphical style of tattoos, and was inspired by the creative process of Alexa Meade, whose work is fascinating!

So I leave you with the thought… if you could live in any painting, which one would you choose? Why?

Saturday, 9 November 2013

stand as one

drama will chase us 
whether we want it to 
leave us alone 
or bring its fun

have its day 
when it's all over 
let us not be destroyed 
let us be