Masks protect others from the virus but masks also hide a lot. It can be more difficult to ascertain age, social standing or emotions even, when you wear them. In a similar way I find that when I crop an image to only show the eyes (as I’m doing with the Covid Eyes online art project), some of the emotion or the human expression is lost from the painting.
Today’s eye painting was first presented in an exhibition entitled: Caoineadh/ Elegies at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. The exhibition was opened by Irish sean-nós singer and activist Treasa Ní Cheannabháin.
If I could, I would like my paintings to exude the same depth of emotion, the uaigneas, the beauty and the sadness of those timeless sean-nós songs.