In this final episode, I conclude my explorations of where my formative years have brought me and are still playing out in my life today. I finish up at a time that’s almost up to date. I’m happy as the proverbial pig still mucking in new practical projects and integrating my experiences in community developmentContinue reading “Identity 8”
Category Archives: Identity (mine)
This episode follows my journey as a young adult as I continue to explore and find niches to grow into. I return to the US to study art therapy and develop my relationship with Mike when I graduate we also get married before moving to Ireland where I try to pioneer art therapy in differentContinue reading “Identity 7”
As I grew into young adulthood in the late 1980s in Ireland, I found refuge from the prevailing social norms in the experimental space of Limerick Art College. My first two years drained my pockets and my self so much that I took a break to au pair in America, gaining new perspectives and aContinue reading “Identity 6”
As I finished secondary school and prepared to step into the adult world, I took a formative trip to Nigeria to visit the home of a school friend. I came back and spent another summer working in the North, before finally entering the den of iniquity and wildness that was 1980s art college life.
In this episode, I talk about our family’s increasing privileges and our move from Dublin to the countryside of Wicklow. I juxtapose the cultural worldviews I experienced through travel and diverse friends with 1980’s Ireland, where women are oppressed. I touch on my experience of gender and sexuality and State control of female bodies.
Having moved to the South of Ireland from Bangor in 1978, I tried to fit in to my new surroundings in South County Dubin. This episode talks about the nuances of that challenge for my young teenage self.
Identity 2 (Mine)
I tried in this episode to examine the impact of growing up in Northern Ireland from the perspective of a child in the quiet town of Bangor. Which things around me made both conscious and unconscious impressions even from this distance from what have always been known in my community as “The Troubles.” To learnContinue reading “Identity 2 (Mine)”
Identity Introduction Iteration 101
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.“ Anaïs Nin The first Identity episode, iii1, explores my own story and the ever changing nature of the materialsContinue reading “Identity Introduction Iteration 101”