The Silver

Artist Name(s) Martina Coyle
Artwork title The Silver
Description

Martina Coyle, an artist from the Mayo County Council artist's panel, was commissioned to produce a site responsive artwork in the Erris area. After an initial research period living and exploring Erris, Coyle returned to Mayo to spend four months in residence in the Blacksod area early in 2006. Coyle's approach to creating The Silver was holistic, with consideration of location, history, language, (being a Gaeltacht region) and integration with the local community, all being paramount in the process to ensure a site sensitive artwork. In Coyle's own words 'change and the local must be at the heart of it'. In response to her time in the area, Martina produced a time-based intervention and installation that is drawn from the actual and historical aspects of the Mullet peninsula, the Inish Kea Islands and its inhabitants. The work consisted of a four screen video installation and a sound piece.

Filmed in 'real-time', The Silver focuses on the sun-set off An Fal Mor could be read as a large still life photograph. In the film the landscape gradually changes with multifarious variations in light and the slow movement of clouds, and setting the pace of The Silver. Juxtaposed to this are three other video pieces, two, filming the movement of boats between the Islands and the mainland and the third representing presence on the Island. Coyle aims to capture the psyche of place and of the people through generations attuned to the minute changes in the light and the elements. There is a mesmeric rhythmic feel to the work, setting a quiet melodic pace,a feeling of time passing and of the inextricable continuity of life in this exposed and isolated peninsula. The reflective mood is enhanced by a soundtrack of voices from the community, oral recordings using the Irish language as testimony of distinctive speech rhythms and place names particular to the locale.



The Silver – Irish Translation

Fearas físeáin cheithre scáthlán agus ball fuaimeRinneadh coimisiúnú ar Mhartina Coyle, ealaíontóir ó phainéal Ealaíontóirí Chomhairle Chontae Mhaigh Eo, chun saothar ealaíona suíomh-mhothálach a sholáthar i gceantar Iorrais. Tar éis tréimhse thosaigh taighde ag cónaí agus ag taiscéaladh in Iorras, d'fhill Martina chun cónaitheacht 4 mhí a chaitheamh ar an bhFód Dubh go luath i 2006. Bhí cur chuige Mhartina iomlánaíoch i nádúr. Bhí áireamh an ionaid, stair an cheantair, teanga (ar a bheith ina réigiún Gaeltachta) agus comhtháiteacht leis an bpobal áitiúil fíor thábhachtach sa bpróiseas chun saothar ealaíona suíomh-mhothálach a chinntiú.

??I bhfocail Mhartina fhéin, 'change and the local must be at the heart of it'. Ag éirí as a cuid ama sa gceantar, chuir Martina eadráin agus fearas am-bhunaithe ar fáil a baineadh as gnéithe réalaíocha agus stairiúla leithinis an Mhuirthead, Oileáin Inis Gé agus a lucht cónaithe. Arna scannánú i 'bhfíor-am', d'fhéadfadh dul faoi na gréine amach ón bhFál Mór a bheith le feiceáil mar ghrianghraf mór marbh, ach le linn duit a bheith ag breathnú. tagann athrú de réir a chéile ar an tírdhreach le malartuithe ilchineálacha i soilsiú agus i ngluaiseacht mhall scamall, ar an gcaoi sin ag leagan síos ráta gluaiseachta 'The Silver'.

Lena ais seo tá trí phíosa eile físeáin, dhá cheann ag scannánú gluaiseacht bhád idir na hoileáin agus Tír Mór agus an tríú ceann ag léiriú beochta ar an oileán. Cuireann Martina roimpi sícé áite agus dhaoine a cheapadh trí ghlúine i gcomhréir leis na hathruithe bídeacha san solas agus sna heilimintí. Tá mothú rithimiúil dolbhaireach leis an saothar, ag leagan síos gluaiseacht chiúin shéiseach, mothú am á chaitheamh agus leanúnachas dofhuascailte saoil ins an leithinis seo gan chosaint agus iargúlta. Cuirtear leis an bhfonn meabhraitheach seo le fuaimrian glórtha ón bpobal, taifid bhéil ag úsáid na teanga Ghaeilge mar fhianaise ar rithimí faoi leith cainte agus ar logainmneacha sonrach don gceantar.

Mediation

A limited edition of eight sets of the films were produced and are available for exhibition. Contact Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-Ordinator, Mayo County Council Arts Office for further details.

Biographies

Martina Coyle, currently based in Westmeath, was born in Dublin in 1966. She is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is made by two inter-related strands; studio based artwork/ site specific installation and public artwork. Her public artwork, which ranges from permanent to ephemeral, includes collaborative and residential public projects in various locations around Ireland. Her work covers many different mediums and modes of fabrication including installation, sculpture, drawing, video and sound.

Coyle has worked extensively with groups and individuals including: In Your Own Words, ephemeral rural installation, Wexford; Children's art workshops, La Forge, Paris, intergenerational workshops; Maugherow Project, Sligo; Forthill Men's Group, Sligo; In My Head; and Family Workshops at the Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Public artworks to date include: Fingal County Council Public Art Project (ongoing) - Six Related Forms; permanent sculpture installation Ballydribbeen, Kerry; The Silver, residency, 4 videos (47 mins), sound piece and exhibition, Mayo; In Your Own Words collaborative ephemeral artwork, Wexford; in light, permanent installation, County Hospital, Roscommon; Uisce na hAbhann, permanent aluminium sculpture incorporating trees and light at New Market on Fergus by-pass, Co.Clare; Knoxspark, a regeneration project, collaborative permanent outdoor sculptural and ecological intervention, Placing Art, Sligo; and Ridiculous Couple, permanent sculpture, One month sculpture symposium, Rust, Germany.

Solo exhibitions include: The Silver, Lavelle's car showroom, Blacksod Bay, Co. Mayo; in light, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; and Sculpture and works on paper, Logan Gallery, Galway.

Group exhibitions include: Point of View in Transition, the Solstice Gallery, Navan; Lumiére Noir, La Forge, Paris; Entre les Deux, Gallery Artena, Marseille; The Garden, The Model Art and Niland Centre, Sligo; The Persistence of Memory, Galway Art Festival, Galway, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin.

Commission Type Local Authority
Commissioner Name Mayo County Council
Commissioning process Direct commission from Mayo County Council Public Art Panel
Project commission dates January 4, 2006 - January 9, 2006
Public Presentation dates December 10, 2006 - December 10, 2006
Artform Film,Visual Arts
Funded By Mayo County Council
Percent for art Yes
Budget Range 35000 - 70000 euro
Project commission start date 04/01/2006
Project commission end date 09/01/2006
County Mayo
Town Belmullet
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Website http://sprawlmartina.blogspot.com/
Content contributor(s) Gaynor Seville
Relationship to project Public Art Co-ordinator, Mayo County Council Arts Office

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