Alan Counihan's artist statement and his personal experience/thoughts during the sculpture symposium can be viewed at House of Sky.
House of Sky
Alan Counihan (Ireland)
Materials: Stainless steel, steel, pine
Dimensions: 5' x 2.5' x 29' (1.5M x .75M x 8.5M)
Funded by the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sydney E. Frank Foundation
Over the course of twenty-five years the exploration of places, their communities and their histories has been consistently central to the artist's creative practice. Through works that have engaged not only with the materiality of those places but also with resonances of human habitation and experience he has sought to realize site-specific responses primarily through the medium of sculpture and three dimensional forms in private and public spaces or private and public landscapes both in Ireland and the United States.
Counihan's practice engages with the human relationship to nature and to the landscape, with how the later is inhabited, remembered, imagined. He has had several solo exhibitions of studio based work over the years and has been recipient of many grants and awards including the Pollock-Krasner Award. In 2012 he published "Townlands: a habitation" a creative exploration of an Irish rural landscape and its communities. Essays from his years in the Blasket Islands on Ireland's Atlantic coast were recently published in Archipelago 8 (2013)