LATEST.... Ballinglen arts foundation residency curtecy of Cork County Art Council November 2019
‘The unexpected homecoming'
Travelling to the Céide fields and Ballycastle, Co Mayo, was unexpectedly like a homecoming. The raw, unapologetic landscape with its magnificent beauty went right into my DNA. Spending time amongst the stones on the Céide fields—and trying to imagine how it was when they were deliberately placed some 6000 years ago to create devilling’s and field systems—was like ‘seeing’ the blood run through my veins. Once bustling with life, they now lie in patterns, like rivers and lakes, vessels of history – that allow the passer-by a momentary glimpse into life so long ago—but only If you take the time to stop and feel and listen. Each individual stone tells a story, as does each crack and crevice that runs between and through them. I got to know some of them. I let the landscape soak into me, and I came to a vivid awareness that where we call home can be many places.’
Helle Helsner 2020