by Kevin McGloughlin
Photo: Morgan Bonel Photography
Thanks for this interview.
World Passing By is one of your series. Did you experience any feelings that caught you by surprise while doing the work for this series?
Actually quite a few. The main one was in 'Veil of Time'.
My ambition for 'Veil of Time' was to convey how precious and important the moments we share with one another truly are while conveying an intertwined timespan between two people relative to the world that surrounds them.
I wanted to represent how limited our mortal timeline is and while I aimed at these aspects of time began to notice a love story of sorts started to form. My initial endeavor for the film was to capture human movement and explore ways to interpret time by displacing the motion, however the 'narrative' became more substantial than the techniques and as a consequence, I focused my efforts in that respect. So that was quite surprising and quite a nice outcome.
For Resynthesis, your collaboration with Max Cooper, the London-based, electronica and techno producer, you aimed to convey existence as a solid component of time, wanting to capture a human/mortal essence of time… In the author’s words, what are some of the most captivating realizations of this project?
I loved the whole concept behind the piece, and I always love working alongside Max Cooper.
My favorite segments of the clip are probably the shots that flicker between night and day simultaneously. I feel these gave a very strange perception of time, with a relatable image to grasp on to for the viewer.
Where is the place that never stops amazing you?
I gotta say home sweet home. Sligo or Ireland in general is definitely a place that amazes me.
Ireland really has a beautifully inspirational landscape both urban and rural with a super rich culture and history, with great artists of many kinds merging all the time. I always feel everything an artist and film maker needs is right here. I guess things are what you make them, and I feel very lucky to be Irish.
What are some of the themes and ideas that you don’t get tired exploring in your own work? Is there anything you do as an artist to fight the thought of “losing control” of whatever goes on around you?
I love exploring the idea of time in my work, and ideas about how people perceive things very differently from one another. These are strong themes that are evident throughout much of my work.
In life, losing control is almost inevitable really. Politics, etc.. I guess I just focus on what I am able to control and everything else is out of my hands. In general, art is something I can govern. Spending most of my time creating is a way to stay in control...at least to some extent.
Though in art itself, I don't mind the idea of losing control (in certain cases). Sometimes projects seem to take on a life of their own or seem to form a path, of which I end up following. Other times I can be much more regimented and battle hard to stay true to initial ideas. But I'm mainly very happy for the ideas to just be a starting point and I like to see where they end up.
You’re a self-taught artist and you’ve stated that your studies and enterprise flourish from passion and concernment. How do you find the strength to follow your passions and dig deep for everything that concerns you?
Well, I don't think it takes much strength to follow something you love. But sometimes it means sacrifice and hard work. I don't feel I've dug nearly deep enough yet. But I hope to. I guess striving to create artistic and meaningful content is my initiative, communicating ideas to the viewer and in a way connecting with people.
Who are the artists whose work you find inspiring on many levels?
My twin brother Páraic is inspiring to me in many ways. We've always had similar interests and similar ways of approaching life. So, as a person and an artist I think he has affected my journey the most.
As a visual artist, do you have moments where you try to evade aspects of the surrounding reality in order to do your work?
Sometimes I work through the night, just for the peace and calmness that night time brings. There really is nothing as beautiful as the dark of night. I really love night time. I guess it's still reality, but night is a very different reality, I think the creative juices seem to flow easier.
Hope. Where do you find it in abundance?
I find it within myself, to be honest, and also through family and friends.
It depends on what the hope is I guess. Sometimes it can be hard found. But it is always there if ya look hard enough.
“The Dude Abides.” Why?
Haha, I see you read my bio :)
Just love the film 'The Big Lebowski', hehe.