Olivia  Barr
CHAIRAIRPLANESLACE WINDOWPINK WINDOWRAHENY NOIRWINDOW AND CHAIRFRIDGEDOOR KNOBORANGE SELF PORTRAITPERFECT DAYPEEKDIRTY WINDOWSELF PORTRAIT
Raheny
The instantaneous nature of photography allows me to capture an incomplete thought, yet make it appear purposeful and precise. It takes more effort to produce an incomplete looking photograph, than a ready-made photographic image. I combine images to create continuous forms where photos link or double, like two words, to birth a new meaning: nightlight, eyelash, skyscraper. Even in its outer shape my work resembles the formula of a sentence, some close in punctuation while others dangle prepositions.

Raheny began when I moved to Ireland after college to find comfort in being alone and foreign. Raheny is a suburb of Dublin. My work focused on a longing for stillness and silence as a form of comfort. I lived in a house connected to another house that looked like every double house in Raheny. I rode the DART, a metro rail, every morning to work. It became a routine and it became easy to stop thinking about each day as separate.