Leave It On

Installation (2012); Leave it on, is about the cycle of forced emigration that continues to happen within Irish culture. A young Irish person who has emigrated to Australia due to the downturn in the economy falls asleep each night in front of Skype as her parents go about their day in Ireland. This is done to cure her homesickness.

It was a piece conceived in the years directly after the 2008 credit crunch and there was a definite sense in Ireland of a centuries-old cycle of forced emigration continuing. There are many positives in emigration but also loneliness and hardship. It was exhibited in the Avenue Road gallery and at the ‘Ten Days In Dublin’ and ‘Galway Fringe’ Festivals. SD Video, 2:13 minutes (looped).