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Eileen Anderson

MA work

Knocknarea is a large hill west of Sligo town in County Sligo, Ireland. I have climbed the

mountain a few times. From the top you can see the Atlantic Ocean and all the country

around, the patchwork fields and small cottages. It is a sacred mountain with a cairn of

stones on the top, thousands and thousands of stones, higher than a house. Under the cairn

is said to be the grave of the Celtic queen Maeve. This mark of stones can be seen like the

ocean for miles and miles. ‘The gaelic form of Knocknarea is Cnoc na Ri meaning “Hill of

Kings” in reference to the myth that on the mountain the ancient Kings of the province were

once crowned. Such immense labor went into the making of this to perpetuate the memory.

Sometimes there is a connection between our mind and marks made in the physical world, a

connection of ideas, memories and emotions on the one hand, and of ‘cold’ logical

perception on the other. Sometimes we find no way of breaking out of the cold perception

and of entering a trace, although we want to read and make sense.

Traces act as pointers to stretch and hold parts of our existence, they silhouette our

environment, our landscape, our thinking and our lives. I am drawn to places where nature

and nature’s traces merge.

Clay acts as a record keeper with its inherent qualities, its immediacy and tactility. Clay is in

the ground that we walk on and is a material that constantly changes state. Through acts of

creating, I attain a feeling of becoming one with the rhythm of the earth. The marks left

through touch, usage, change and ‘the hand’ form a thread that sows the creator, the object,

the user and the observer together.

Observing objects and patterns gives an understanding about how spells of time are

captured and preserved from yesterday, to today and for tomorrow. The constant restless

rippling of time creates, models, shapes and extinguishes objects as small as grains and as

large as mountains.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • My work is a study on the nature of time in experience, spoken in relation to memory and traces and the present moment as it is encountered via photography, photograms and objects.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, De Montfort University, 2014; Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, De Montfort University, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Khojaly Peace Prize Exhibition, Houses of Parliament, (House of Commons), London, England, February 2016; Ag, Two Queens, Leicester, England, August – September 2014; AA2A/DMU Summer Art Trial, The Great Central, Leicester, England, July- August 2014; The DMU Festival of Creativity, De Montfort University Degree Show, Leicester, England, June 2014; DMU Fine Art Auction, Monday 17th February 2014, De Montford University; Golden, The Cookie, 68 High St, City Centre, Leicester, England, November 2013; Environmental, Land Art Exhibition, Telemark University College, Notodden, Norway, June 2012; Foundation Exhibition, De Montfort University Leicester, England, May 2011
  • Awards

  • Khojaly Peace Prize 2016; Graduate Champion, De Montford University, 2014