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Land Art on the natural walking routes around North Clare

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Yesterday, I handed in a proposal for a collaborative exhibition and site specific art works, so fingers crossed, some time next year when the heather is in bloom there will be Art works in all sorts of wild and wonderful places. Myself and my husband James Slevin, are going to be working on it together so I am very excited! We will be fusing organic with technology! I am really looking forward to working with James on it, I think that it is going to be really interesting to see what we make. Making a deadline on time is always a great feeling. Though I was like a angry rat yesterday trying to get it done! I am not sure when we will hear back but the best remedy for that is to apply for another exhibition straight away so I am not focusing all my attention and hopes on it.

Today, I went on one of the natural walking routes that we are planning to make some art on. I often go horse riding there as it is the only place near by that I can ride off the road. It is a bog road, it is really beautiful and so removed from the road a couple of kilometres away. I took some photographs and got some inspiration, I brought back some natural materials to work with including heather, bog oak, red grass and turf.

The photographs were taken with an old film camera, which is a lovely change from using digital, but sorry no images for now. I took some photographs of the stacks of turf. This year I spent a very short time stacking turf with a friend and it was such lovely satisfying feeling. I also make two hay cocks myself with hay I hand turned, this was really enjoyable for me. Now I go around with a scissors and cut roadside grass for Maya the horse. I guess I am a country girl!

We are saddened by the lack of off road walks for people walking and riding horses, so we want to try to do something to get more trails made. Even The Burren Way  goes quite a distance on the road, this is sad when the landscape is so beautiful and the roads are so dangerous.

Written by Marianne Slevin

3 October, 2009 at 10:55 pm

In a perfect world

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I am starting a collaborative art project called “In a perfect world” and would like as many people as possible to join in, and continue the list of positive changes. 

Here are a few of the little things I would like to change if I could, I would love to hear some of yours!

  • I wish there were shops, restaurants, hotels that were donation based rather than having set prices, where people paid what they wished and could afford to pay. I think that the good places would be supported and nobody would get ripped off!
  • I wish there was `Free Cycle´ everywhere.
  • I wish that everybody respected everyone and things enough so there was no need for all of these rules and regulations.
  • I wish that having fun was encouraged and maybe even enforced!
  • I wish there were places for people to walk safely, either beside the road or through the countryside so we could walk from place to place.


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Written by Marianne Slevin

5 September, 2008 at 7:26 pm