Exhibition: Glas Journal 2015 – Deep Mappings of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Date(s) - Sat 12th September until 27 Sep 2015
all day event
Location: National Maritime Museum of Ireland
Glas Journal 2015 is based on a series of hand-size and hand-made artist books that document 14 sequential harbour locations between the West and the East Pier bordering the sea in Dun Laoghaire. The books have been made in my studio space in the old Coast Guard Station, one of the spaces that shape this particular stretch of coastline.
A scenographic representation of the two harbour arms set up in the former Mariners’ Church, now housing the Maritime Museum of Ireland, evokes the meanings of the harbour as a sanctuary or space of protection. The journals are homed in this haven as if they are reference points on a maritime map, evoking the atmosphere of a place by the sea that has been shaped by loss, separation and nostalgia and is trying to find new passages to cross the unknown.
Dr. Silvia Loeffler is an artist, researcher and educator in Visual Culture. Visual material and critical writing are her guides to establish a narrative of public intimacy. She is currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Maynooth University in the Department of Geography and has lectured in the National College of Art and Design and in the Dublin Institute of Technology/Art, Design & Print on the psychology and the deep-mapping of spaces. Silvia was awarded postdoctoral research funding from the Irish Research Council (2014-16) for Glas Journal: A Deep Mapping of Dún Laoghaire Harbour, a participatory mapping project based on concepts of belonging and the multiple meanings of ‘harbour’ and will also be explaining her art project at the Women and the Sea Symposium 25 – 26 September 2015 http://womenandthesea.com