Niamh Seana MeehanOn 29 October 2022 by Deej_Fabyc1
Niamh Seana Meehan is a visual artist based in Northern Ireland. Working in-between visual
art, performance, and written matter. As a route into the practice/research concerns
performative activities function as sites where the body gets lost, misunderstood, exhausted,
and anxious. The accumulation and overlapping of ideas have provoked a methodological
approach to slowing down and lingering with moments of doubtfulness. Recent research
examines how these gestural moments elicit the body to encounter awkward occurrences,
becoming overlooked, interrupted, or failing.
Live Art Ireland Resisidency Project
Is It Safe To Float
Is a new work created from my time at Milford House. As a listener you are greeted by a voice; I feel like I have nothing to say for this yet…things did happen…there was a plan, a proposal of sorts.
There is a sense of ambiguity, doubtfulness or perhaps a statement of failure that sets up the listener within the first few seconds. As a listener you may become confused, mislead, lost or maybe you find
yourself drifting, not listening to the words, you might hear only the sounds of water, splashing, hitting, or swaying. You might hear a soft, whispery, wavey voice that utters throughout; This is an unfinished work.
Everything you hear within the recording was created using the body, after floating at Portumna, I dragged my freezing body out the water, to try and remember fleeting thoughts. I kept my notebook close, water droplets poured onto the pages, causing ink spillages, torn bits and a pond of incoherent words that resembled water drawings rather than textual things. I spent my time at Milford House floating through these pages, gathering voices along the way.