Hearth

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  • Hearth

From a new body of work entitled San Aimsir Chian-aosta (Long Long Ago) I give you two offerings. Hearth being one of them. This series is driven by the Cup and Ring marks which are stone carvings found all over Ireland, dating as far back as the Late Neolithic period (about 5,000 years ago I believe) and continuing on into the middle Bronze age. These marks are all deeply carved onto rock surfaces and are usually on sites that were simultaneously living centres.

Hearth was made using inks that I made from weld leaves, alder bark, fire soot, copper and some well travelled turmeric. Both weld and alder would have grown on the island at the time, and heading into the bronze age, the iron mines of Cork and Kerry were being exported to such a rate that Ireland was known as the largest exporter in Europe.