Just got back from the Ireland trip and am exhausted. The work which came of it though was fantastic. Have been incorporating it into my work back home, thinking about relationships houseplants have to the concept of the divine and even further still thinking about the ways in which historic landscapes become associated with the divine. This was especially easy to do in Ireland, as the entire country is covered in sites dating to the megalithic and into the present.
The time I spent in Ireland has allowed my work to take an interesting turn toward the mystical, a direction which I have been trying to find within it but struggling with. It has driven home the importance that location can play in creating new directions for yourself and tunneling into an idea in concentrated time periods. Actually, I think that is the value of residencies in general—the ability to pursue ideas within concentrated time periods in the support of an institutional framework with the resources available.