• DAY  1   Scribing up ideas
     Potato as living art material? Could it be metaphor for migration? Its a material synonymous with primary school art projects and yet its such a versatile material/vegetable. A cliched of ireland’s agricultural heritage but also a vital part of its political, social and global history. Its versatility/adaptability is interesting to me in relation to exploring migration. Can i work through the obvious connections and find a deeper narrative here? Questions questions today

     

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  • DAY  2 - Experiments

    Leaving Survival Kit / Still Life / Portrait

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  • Leaving one’s homeland to follow dreams, to find love, to seek work, to escape hardship or tragedy are each universal stories but also ones at the heart of Irish identity.  Mass emigration due to the great hunger 150 years ago not only changed Ireland, it changed the world. Born and brought up in West Cork by parents with Swedish and German/Polish Jewish heritage, William is connected to the wider story of human migration.  

     

    During the residency William will will initiate a series of practical and performed investigative acts inside and outside of the West Cork Arts Centre.

     

    These acts will take influence from stories of the Irish diaspora as well as from the artist’s own family heritage. Some acts may be documented while others may only remain as a memory, Some may involve others, some may be made in isolation. Each act will attempt to get a little closer to that adaptable, egalitarian, controversial but enduring spirit of the migrant.

     

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  •  Post Potato / Artist Residency #2   August 2017

    During his second of three artist residencies at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, William continues his exploration of
    home, identity and migration in Ireland