Ode to my Family

March 15, 2021

Ode to my Family

ᴅᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴍʏ ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ
"My mother, my mother
She'd hold me
She'd hold me when I was out there...

From "No Need to Argue" by The Cranberries (October 1994)

Since January I have wrestled with myself (a lot!) about what direction I'm going in with my work and of course lockdown heightened almost every thought, process and emotion. Almost like a mini meltdown on lockdown!
I went back to what inspires me and what I find most stimulating. I love words, lyrics, poetry and all sorts of puns and off the wall humour which resulted in a collection of textile artworks that I am really proud of.

"Ode to my Family" by the incredible band The Cranberries is such a powerfully charged song enhanced by the haunting voice of Dolores O Riordan, all the more emotional listening now that she has died. If ever you need a cry, this is the album to go to for a good cleanse.
This album whisks me right back to my first year in college in Limerick. It was on a loop in our house from when it was released in 1994 to when we left in 1998. These lyrics in particular remind me of my parents dropping me and a mountain of "stuff" to my student accommodation and waving goodbye to them was bitter sweet. The photo of my mother and I is one of the last taken of us and is of my graduation from art college in October 2010. She died in May 2011.

This piece of art is for all the selfless loving women who put other's needs before their own We are all "Mother's" protectors carers and nurturers.

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