flight. A healing ritual inspired by ancestral past.
Videos inspired by my Neolithic ancestors are under construction.
flight ceremony on Cillín
A short stop-motion animation of a found sheep skull, spinning frenetically and then slowly in time to haunting violin music.
I collected bones from sheep who populate the area around the residency. While trying to find a set of nearby standing stones, I spent hours in the steep, wet, rocky terrain. In March the weather is harsh - cold, rainy, and snow on occasion. The sheep are outdoor animals with no indoor facility to ride out storms and because the terrain is so rocky, it's easy to miss one that had fallen.
The bones were there a few seasons, stripped of flesh. Grass had grown up around them, leaving only a small white area exposed in the daylight.
I used them in ceremonies. I use wool as a material because of its link to the domestic and care based activities.
Sheep have been part of the Irish landscape since the Neolithic period. There is evidence of their domestication since 11,000BC.