The Lay of the Land Project:
Tombolo 2017


Sophie Gough was one of eight artists selected to participate in a month long residency and outdoor exhibition project on the most southerly point of the Irish coast the Mizen Head Peninsula on Brow Head in September 2017. ​

Fothracha Líonta was 1 of two site specific works she created for the Lay of the Land Project. The installation was comprised of subtle interventions with the existing remaining architectural ruins which stand above ground on top of disused copper mines. ​

The second work Gough created for this project was Cúspóirí 2017. This work considered the interconnectedness between materials and natural processes. Using found materials of autonomously set cement bags and cinder blocks with the addition of copper paper, Cúspóirí 2017 surrenders the art objects back to the natural processes of the Irish headland, allowing wind and rain to reclaim each of the materials. Over the two week duration of the outdoor exhibition, the art objects deteriorated and appeared overtime closer to how they were found initially by the artist, merely tossed aside in a field as documents of our excessive, wasteful practices.

Photo credits for this show to Eadaoin McCarthy — www.eadaoinmccarthy.com. And the artist.