Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Roisin Lambert 

BA [Hons] Photography

Roisin Lambert is a visual artist from Co. Wicklow. Through the camera she seeks to find meaning in the ancient inheritance of place within a contemporary state of being. Through both intuitive and considered frames, her work is occupied by a landscape layered in mysticism and the narratives buried within the ever-shifting soil. Her black and white images explore the tensions between light and dark, real and surreal, that which is conjured by dark and found by light.

By the Cradle of the Quicken

“By the Cradle of the Quicken” accounts the melding of person and land. The work traces a shift. A withdrawal of flesh and bone. A becoming. The gradual shedding of the corporeal and the emergence of wry humanness, born from soil. Woven upon the idea of giving ones’ body over to the earth. Rooting in place. A heart buried and grown.

“By the Cradle of the Quicken” uses the symbol of the quicken tree. A tree of formidable magic, known by the Tuatha Dé Danann as a source of birth, rebirth, and protection.

Built upon myth and narrative, the work meditates on light and dark, the seen and the unseen. It follows the eye of a still and silent witness where landscape and figure become entwined. A body twisted: of tree, of branch, of bone. It seeks to unearth the layers of meaning buried within the woven sinew of earth and flesh.

The Conjured Place

The human experience of place is variable. It is complex and fragmented. Distorted by memory and emotion, place cannot be perceived solely in its material. The photograph is invariably tied to place. The making of an image is in turn, the making of a place. It could be perceived that the camera frames scenes of the world as we see it, but not necessarily how we experience it. The idea of the ‘conjured place’ suggests that through the photographic lens, images woven from both the outward and inward, can render frames adjacent to the human experience.