Video + Performance






LAG TIME (2016).










Lag Time (2016)
Single channel colour video 
Silent, 00:23 min. [looped]



ARTIST STATEMENT


Lag Time was recorded on the last leg of a fourteen-hour journey from New York City to Belfast.  This video documents my effort to sleep with the rising sun coming in from the east, while traveling on a bus from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland.

Video + Performance






UNSUNG (2015–2016).






Unsung (2015–2016)
Screen-based videos with text
Approx. 15 seconds each [looped]



ARTIST STATEMENT


I started writing lyrics and poetry on my PC when I was thirteen.  This project harks back to then, but instead of storing my work on a floppy disc for no one to see, I have posted it publicly via Instagram.  The sound is important because it highlights part of my process.  These short 'video texts' are recorded in real time, mistakes left in.

This work can also be accessed via Instagram (best viewed on a phone or tablet screen).
Video + Performance






FLAT LINE (2013).










Flat Line (2013)
Single channel colour video
1:53 min.



ARTIST STATEMENT


When I first moved to New York in 2012, I slept on an air mattress for six months.  When I could finally afford to buy a real bed, I took the mattress to Coney Island in Brooklyn and embraced its flaws.

This video work is a sister project to Somewhere is Always Some Place Else (2013).

Video + Performance






WORK OUT (2013).










Work Out (2013)
Single channel colour video
Silent, 3:00 min. 



ARTIST STATEMENT


I'd been thinking about wavelengths within a relationship, and how we naturally fluctuate and go back and forth with each other.  In this way, Work Out is about every single relationship I have ever had.

Video + Performance






OBSTACLE RACE (2013).










Obstacle Race, 2013
Single channel colour video
Silent, 1:31 min.



ARTIST STATEMENT


Obstacle Race is about taking charge of an otherwise humiliating situation.

I’ve never been a fan of sports.  But in Primary School, the one event kids like me were required to participate in was the Obstacle Race.  When I was about eight years old, I actually won, only for a loudspeaker to inform me moments later that I’d been disqualified for not following the rules.

At the time of the race, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls, and I dreamt of being in New York City like Macaulay Culkin in the movie Home Alone 2.  In this video performance, I reenact the race from memory, throwing in Spice Girls dance moves, while dressed in my favourite childhood t-shirt.  The backdrop of the video features The Plaza Hotel, the central filming location in Home Alone 2.

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