NCAD MA Art in the Digital World Graduate Exhibition 14 June-23 June 2013.
“Níl Aon Tínteán Mar Do Thintheán Feín” 2013
Interactive Installation – Using Mechanics,Electronics, Interactive devices and 6 Pairs of shoes.
Between 1993-1998 six females Annie McCarrick, Jo Jo Dullard, Fiona Pender, Fiona Sinnott, Ciara Breen and Deirdre Jacob disappeared in and around the East coast of Ireland, dubbed ‘The Vanishing Triangle” by international news media at the time.
“You have the same profile, young, attractive females, who have all disappeared inside a very close geographical triangle. The common denominator is there’s no evidence left behind, there’s no evidence at all.
No shoe, no belt, no purse, no watch, nothing,”
-Brian McCarthy private investigator hired by the family of American woman Annie McCarrick who disappeared in the Wicklow 1993.
My connection stems back to a particular case in 1995 when JoJo Dullard a 21 year old disappeared while hitchhiking from Dublin to her home in Co. Kilkenny. The story resonated with me, as I was a young female hitchhiking to my hometown the other side of the country on the same day (hitchhiking was my mode of transport as a student through out the 90’s).
The disappearance of a young vulnerable female made any imagined fears one might have had a reality and this case signified for me how times had changed forever on this tiny island. The phenomenon of missing women was no longer an abstract foreign occurrence.
I was struck by the lack of evidence found in any of these cases and how time seemed to ‘stand still’ with only vague information of their last known whereabouts. Their stories were kept alive in my memory as each new unsolved case was disclosed. Over the years as I have come across abandoned articles of clothing or lone shoes tossed to the side of the road these females have come to mind, their names forevermore synonymous and defined by their mysterious disappearance.
I am attempting to instill artificial life in to the object through the use of movement and interaction with the audience ‘to put the viewer in their shoes’. I want the work to act as a catalyst to remember their stories and represent missing women globally. Creating a moving memorial.
This exhibition corresponds with the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of the first missing female Annie McCarrick 1993.
14 June-23 ,2013 Mon-Fri 10-8pm. Sat 12-5pm & Sun 23June 2-5pm.
St Johns Lane West, (Old Primary School)
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