The Well


“Creating simplicity often makes the heart leap; order has been restored, the crooked made straight. But order is understanding that things cannot be made simple, that complexity reigns and must be accepted.”  Marina Warner

‘The Well’ is a  3 screen video installation. In 2016 Mc Guinness devised a live performance intervention at St Patricks Well inspired by the story of Bridget Cleary. This new installation draws on the universal symbol of the well as a place of fecundity, enchantment and female fertility and a host site for otherness.

Working with dancer Liv O’ Donoghue and the guardian of the well David Flannery, the artist combines real and fictive performances and stagings in a 3 screen video installation with a minimal sound design by Ellen King. What unfolds is a slow, observational work, which draws on the historical and religious significance of this scared site while also unearthing an undercurrent of tension and charge within it.

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Review of exhibition

Duration: 13 mins, 30 seconds.

Director of photography – Michael Kelly

Sound design – Ellen King

Editor – Yvonne mc Guinness, Micheal Kelly and Paddy Cahill

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