Active Forgetting: Tuam. Using film, print and sound with the director Grace Sexton it involves analogue and digital film, photography, sound and printmaking in an exploration of the trauma and longlasting effects of the Tuam controversy. My brother is one of the 796 born in this establishment whose remains were found in a sewer adjacent to the home in 2014, my mother was incarcerated at Bon Secours in Tuam in the late 1940’s. In this work I am exploring the intergenerational repercussions within families of victims of these homes and the continued exploitation and repression of survivors and victims. The prints below are the first exploration of this theme which I have titled Erasure. They are etchings with chine colle. The chine colle are painted fragments some of which are lithographic washes on Japanese paper, some are mono printed and ink painted, suminagashi marbling and elements of typography. This is the work I am currently making at AGA LAB in Amsterdam and also a series of Toyobo photo etchings.


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