Anne Burke: Lip-An Lagin: The Waters of South Lough Neagh, December 2008 - January 2009
MCAC and South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association are pleased to present a new body of work by Anne Burke, a London-born artist who, after spending several years living on the shores of Lough Neagh, was inspired to create a series of photographs capturing the natural and eerie beauty of the landscape. The exhibition includes a series of the photographs reproduced as large-scale prints.
This body of work culminated in a publication entitled ‘Lip-An Lagin: The Waters of South Lough Neagh’. Lip-An Lagin is a colloquial term meaning ‘a vessel that is brimful, or that the edge of a boat is even with the surface of the water’, and is taken from Montiaghisms: Ulster Dialect words and phrases by William Luton.
The evasive quality of Lough Neagh inspired the artist to circumnavigate the shores through a series of carefully planned walking, cycling and boating routes. The artwork includes vantage points looking out towards the Lough’s vanishing horizon and inwards towards the Lough-shore. These images express the dividing line between the Lough, sky and land and address the impact of human interaction on Lough Neagh’s landscape, whilst capturing the spirit, character and aesthetic of the landscape.
This exhibition emphasises MCAC’s support of work that investigates the local area within both rural and urban communities.