Strange the rooms we’ve all lived in….
Fiona O’Dwyer September 2007 –October 2009
The project ran for two years and was organised in three phases – research phase, artists response and exhibition /screenings.
Taking her starting point as the representation of Co. Clare (and by extension the rural west of Ireland) through films made in Co. Clare, the artist combined a personal, autobiographical link to these films with her own practice as an artist/film-maker and sought to locate the impact of the films on local communities at the time of their making within an exploration of narrative and the nature of filmic representations.
The artist conducted this exploration, with particular focus on Desmond Davies
I Was happy Here (1965), through a series of events, processes and practices.
The artist used the distinctive photographs and films stocks from the 1960/ 70’s that have specific character, texture and colour as a basis for etchings, drawings and re-staged, lens based works. The scripts and scores, in addition to the visuality of the films themselves, provided starting points for an unravelling of a complex discourse of film and place.
The final work featured a multimedia exhibition in The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, various shop window installations, a series of projections /performances, an accompanying publication, an outdoor screening of I Was Happy Here and an exhibition of archive material.
The project was commissioned by Fiona Woods and Siobhan Mulcahy /Clare Co. Arts Office. Additional Support came from Desmond Davis, The British Film Institute, Maria Kerin, Local community, Fitzpatricks Supervalue and Patrick Egan.