Wild Swans 'Forgotten Places' Performance Art took place between Spain and Fanad Co. Donegal in May-September 2020. The project was an introduction to performance art in the North West of Ireland, making it accessible to a wider general audience. It was showcased via the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and funded by Creative Ireland and Donegal County Council and supported by Bbeyond Performance Art, Belfast.
‘Steeped, was a word she used’
that first cut of granite, scraped and shaped, was put on boats and floated out on a buoyant ocean, followed by sons and daughters
eleven babies scooped out, delivered left an unseen wound in a small woman with an independent spirit whose sacrifice was unrequited no one heard as hers was not the sanguine or bullish story that this new republic cared for on second thoughts
there are many ways to cut out a tongue and poverty is one my mother grew steeped in it she rose out of this submerged language and sense of otherness she saw herself in rock pools and sheets of wet sands, as an elemental force her skin taut over protruding wrist bones and strong calf muscles barefoot and untamed with a mane of copper un-belonging she didn’t take the garments given to her by church and state late at night she sewed gowns of autonomy and liberty and wore them in solidarity she hurled ideas of family law and rights for women like boulders out into a sea of tuts my grandmothers table stands here in the tides of time in ebbs and flows cyclical rhythms and measurements that women understand forget me not, I hear her say