Alisha Doody’s How To Flatten A Mountain, which will be exhibited in Backstage Theatre Longford for the month of November, is a beautiful reflection of and exploration into the ever changing relationship between nature and infrastructure.
Born out of a residency of the same name in run by the PhotoIreland Foundation and Cow House Studios in Rathnure, County Wexford in 2016, this work takes an objective, retrospective look at the changes humankind has imposed on the natural environment through urban development and explores this idea through the photographs exhibited.
The black and white pieces displayed focuses on manmade structures and their imposition upon the landscape, whilst the colour work examines the reclaiming of space by nature and the affects that the passage of time has on the relationship between the natural landscape and the aforementioned structures.
This works compiled in this collection offer an insight into and deeper consideration of our surroundings and the, all too easily forgotten, power of the earth.
The photographs exhibited demonstrate the barren, and at times almost severe, desolate beauty of nature and the construction inflicted upon it by people; it includes emotive images of natural objects which have been removed from their surrounding environment and photographed within man made structures, placing an emphasis on the unseen walls separating the subject from the natural, as well as stressing the surrounding space
Alisha Doody is a visual artist living and working in Ireland. Her practice is centered on issues relating to contemporary society and is focused on understanding how this relates to person, space, and home. Her working methods are fluid and concerned with the interplay of medium and subject.
More information on the How To Flaten a Mountain residency and collaborative show can be found at: http://2016.photoireland.org/show/how-to-flatten-a-mountain/