Untitled (Citizen Army Uniform)
This piece is based on a sketch of a Citizen Army Uniform from my sketchbook. At the start of my residency, I was reading a lot about the 1916 rebellion as my occupation of Studio 14 has coincided with the centenary. The Rising is still a controversial part of history in the Republic of Ireland and this year has been no exception in exposing polarised opinions on this tempestuous period of our country’s history. This year 2016 has also been a stormy year in Irish politics. The public’s mistrust and disdain for the Irish government is at an all time high. This piece demonstrates the political connotations of a uniform while erasing the individual and was also made at a time when the Irish government was not in formation in time of it’s creation. In this sense, no one was home.