Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Stevie Wilson 

BA [Hons] Art

Stevie Wilson is an artist working primarily with film. Her work is concerned with love, myth and natural-cycles. Her research currently focuses on the importance of folk-tales and myths as landmarks in our geography. Film is her primary medium but she also uses a diverse array of mediums to explore ideas. She is interested in international and interdisciplinary collaborations.

In 2019 she took part as a performer in Celina Muldoon’s work, SIRENS II, at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.
She’s exhibited in IADT group shows such as Perceived Dimensions (2018) at IMMA and In the Making:High Hearts (2021) at Pallas Projects.

A Song for Samhain & Imbolc Goddess

My latest short-film work series are an investigation on the tales and traditions that surround the Celtic Wheel - the ancient calendar that depicts the pagan ritual celebrations of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lunasa and Samhain.

The first film shown is 'A Song for Samhain' (pronounced sow-en) which explores and visualises the traditions and folklore of Halloween. This ancient fire-festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the Celtic New Year.

Imbolc (pronounced Im-bulk) marked the halfway point between the winter and summer equinoxes, people celebrated the harvest to come with feasts and fire rituals and they
worshipped the Goddess Brigid.

This short-film was made with the intention of honouring and personally reclaiming the Goddess and later Saint, Brigid. The film includes scenes that represent the strong connection our ancestors had with nature and the beginning of the season. Brigid was said to be like a bridge between thresholds unifying
Spring and Winter, water and fire, masculine and feminine.

Celtic Female Deities Relevance in Art

The topic discussed in my Thesis explored the relevance of the Celtic Goddess in art.
I researched the Morrigan triad, Maeve and Danu. I looked at interpretations of these goddesses in art. I then went on to look at the Sheela na gigs (crone/hag archetype) and the numerous interpretations in Irish culture. The focus art piece of the thesis was 'Tremble,Tremble' a multi-media installation by Irish artist Jesse Jones .
Upon examining these Goddesses, Druidesses, and Warriors, I found that they are a relevant and rich source of material for the modern- day artist or scholar. From the dualistic nature of the warrior triad Morrigan and Queen Meave to the wisdom and power of the Hag there is much to be learned about the divine feminine and its' representation in Celtic Mythology.