formations

At the start of the Devonian period (415-358 million years ago) the continents of Baltica and Laurentia collided, giving birth to a mountainous region known as the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains.

 

» Mountainous terrain has always held me in its sway. Besides being elevating, enchanting, exuberant, and magical, the ‘lay of the land’ will always remain something much older and more expansive than our individual experience.

On the map, we may ‘know’ where we are, but out there — off the beaten track, we tend to become absorbed in the midst of a terrain which is archaic, incomprehensible yet strangely familiar. And so, the intensity of observation increases with every breath and every step taken... «


Gregory Seán Sheehan 2017

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» Work in the studio is often like wandering across formations whose molten movement came to a standstill approximately 450 million years ago. Perhaps I am more surefooted now, here in a room among canvases, pigments, brushes and all that magic. Working away in a controlled environment would seem to be in great contrast to that which moves within memory — forever aware that mountainous formations will always remain unfathomable and like the stars themselves, ever so slightly incomprehensible «

Gregory Seán Sheehan 2018




Formations XIV

Mixed media on linen
57 x 55 x 5 cm | 2009 / 2018
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Formations XXII

Mixed media on linen
30 x 30 x 7 cm | 2018
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Formations XXXII

Mixed media on canvas
120 x 90 cm | 2019
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Formations XXIX

Mixed media on linen
100 x 80 cm | 2018
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The video Formations is about a sense of place and source of inspiration. This video was re-edited in December 2018.


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