|This is about
the two of us:
We met in London where we were both
working as artists and using the same printmaking studio. 'Our way to 'overlap'
I feel is, to do with our sense
of humanity. There seems
to be a common ground covering our relationship that concerns itself essentially
with love and respect for our fellow man.
There is a spontaneity and childlike
aspect in our nature. Both of us
come from a Catholic tradition,
ritual and symbol are an important dynamic
in our creative practice.
"I started off the images - I had
been giving consideration to the
Catholic prayer 'Hail Mary' for
years, thinking about it on and off. I have
actually used it in a previous
I was thinking about how the' Rosary'
(a ritual act which involves saying
this prayer about 50 times) originated,
and what the act of prayer means for the individual. There is something
compelling, obsessive and yet reassuring in the repetitive uttering of
a prayer. In my exposures I photographed the texts of the' Hail Mary' in
a variety of selected languages.
I liked the idea of it being said
all over the planet in numerous tongues and
voices. For example; Arabic,
Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, Gaelic and many languages we are not even familiar
And some of those are dying.
But throughout all cultures, this
tendency for prayer goes on and on and
"When Aine had invited me to do
this interactive work, I was in a process
of healing. It is a process
that is continuous for those who seek out
I am someone, who had been praying
the rosary for years, exercising faith,
not in a Catholic manner but in
the actual connection with the heart and
through Christian principles.
When a prayer is properly said
through our hearts, it is like a powerful
mantra. This compelling movement,
as Aine says, where I would say repetitive movement, compels one, into
a meditative stage and it can
change completely ones mood. If
there is truly faith, it could change an
What I have learned through prayer,
is that we should not just expect
blessedness to envelop us, rather,
we have to humble ourselves and move
through our intentions and actions
towards a higher state of grace.
Daily I pray for us to become more
conscious of what is truly important
and to progress though positive
intentions towards a state of grace that's