Posts Tagged ‘walking’

History of a pavement

November 29, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of people walk on pavements everywhere, every day, each leaving a little bit of their story behind. Mud, dust, wet footprints, a hair, a button, cigarette ends, sweet papers. As the pavements deteriorate and crack little bits of these multiple histories silt up the cracks leaving a residue of people, whose presence there was fleeting, or who have long ago died or moved away. If pavements could tell their stories…..the daily repetition – trudging to work, pushchairs, pub fights, dogs, rain, ice… The Cracks in the Pavement drawings open up their own stories, following the, lines covering them up, reinventing them. These are my little bits of history from Ballycastle in Co. Mayo.



History of a pavement

oil, charcoal and graphite on canvas, 80 x 80 cms

Cracks in the Pavement – sequence of 12 drawings.  pencil on paper, 21 x 21 cms


Cracks in the pavement

October 22, 2010

Thursday 21 October


Beautiful day but cold.  I went to Downpatrick head with Gigi in bright sunshine this afternoon and found a way down onto the flat cracked rocks below the cliffs.  The are huge and right where the waves crash in – very spectacular.



This morning I walked backwards and forwards up and down the Main Street drawing the cracks in the pavements.  Then I walked back and photographed everything that caught my eye from drain covers to abandoned glasses from the night before and derelict buildings.