What does it mean to inherit intergenerational trauma?
Can we humans ever escape how we are made?
How does our work influence and constrain who we are?
The Constable began with awareness that there are at least four generations of military men in my family. This patrilineal inheritance runs through my blood. I come from a long line of those who policed the behavior of others. There is violence in this knowing. Myth, fractured stories diluted across generations, conjuring, and imagination intermingle.
More archetype than autobiography, The Constable embodies my physical presence as a Royal Irish Constabulary officer, which was the police force of Ireland before the boundaries of North and the Republic existed. Female and male, young and old: these binaries dissolve amidst visions of smoke, rubble, and ruins. The past and the present are interwoven with the mystical. The gallery floor acts as a reflecting pool while I march through time, space, and the family line." (Promo Copy)