The 'Self, Family, Home' theme has become an established part of our our programme at St Kevins College. Through this assigned theme, notions of ‘the Self’ 'The Home' 'The Family' are considered, explored and re-examined. The assignment encourages students to turn the camera inward - to familiar environments, familiar settings and the realities of their own lives. This year, our First year students have adopted several creative and conceptual approaches relating to this theme itself and produced some engaging and thought-provoking work befitting the assigned task. A small selection of works below reflect the strong character and qualities of the work produced. Well done to all.
“Family it’s a timeless connection, doesn’t matter where you are at this moment it always was, is and will be. Things which at the same time are nothing and useless can care a memories, they keep something important. It’s enough just one look to be carried away to the past to that certain time. Two old, dried leaves that hangs on my wall, linden blossoms hidden in my kitchen cabinet, a piece of paper with words from my mother which lies in my drawer, all of them are combined in a single word – Home. We are two sisters living in new surrounding away from the family. Our strong relationship and support helps to create a new home around us.”
BRIAN OCONNELL'S Gravestone Typology focuses on the pebbles and Stones which lay on the gravesites of Generations of family members.
“After being diagnosed with a brain tumor 2 years, everything about me changed - including my family and my home. Great love and support is a great medicine during these dark times, but there will always be darker moments which I found to be the real tests. Using shadows, created by the Radiotherapy mask, I tried to create a tone to my pictures that captures my mood and the atmosphere at the time. With absence of light creating a dark mood, and reflection to represent and sense of unknowing self. I introduce my father into the work as a way of representing a great man that stood by and helped during my recovery, but also having them going through a their own personal struggle with having a son battling a great disease. In life, there are sometimes great treasure wrapped in misfortunes. My relationship with my family changed for the positive. They have thought me the greatest lessons parents can teach their son…..and that is how to love and care for another”