Erin de Burca, In the Shadow of Home, oil on wood, modeling clay, sand
Spanish, b. 1960, playing from Calpe, Alicante, Spain
Born in 1960, Erin de Burca left her native Dublin in 1982 to work in Harare, Zimbabwe and Madrid, before settling in Alicante, where she currently works and lives. Erin is self-taught.
Thoughts on the Telephone process
When I watched Sean McGrath’s beautiful film, which was the work I had to interpret and communicate, I was delighted - I felt that it was filmed just for me! Was this a coincidence? Had the Satellite team thought “oh we’ve got just the right work for her?" Or is it that no matter what message we are given, we can only see it through our own eyes, through our own baggage, so it always seems relevant. As a result, I was able to work on the project without moving very far from the themes I was already engaged with; in fact I found it difficult to do otherwise. At one point I thought to myself, oh I´m being too subjective here and tried to see beyond my own work. But after some self-doubt I thought, heck, just go with the flow.
Having said that, it has opened me up and prompted an idea for a future project– inspiring and exciting!