Singing Letters
Medium: Cast steel metal tripod on wheels, metal film canister reel, polyurethane portable megaphone,dims: h.207 x w.120 x d. 120 cms. Sound duration: 30 mins looped.

In a plain chant style, familiar to Irish church-goers during the 1950s and 1960s, a female voice sings a selection of eight love letters. Underneath the voice is a low recording of a heart-beat that also signals the end and beginning of each new letter. The work explores an 1950s Irish emigrant's experience to England (the artist's father) from the 'ground up'. The song narrates and interweaves the minute, personal and factual details from 'first arrivals' to 'settling in' right up to the final days of hoping and waiting for his beloved 'Mary' to come and join him in his new abode. Transferring text to sound and bringing the work into the public arena allow these private and personal memories to circulate and engage with a broader, social consciousness in the present tense and making another dialogue with a new audience.