These images were recorded during McEvoy’s time spent in King House while on the Art@work Artists’ Residency Programme 2012. The Art@work Artists’ Residency is funded by Roscommon County Council Arts Office and An Chomhairie Ealaíon. This is a residential programme where artists spend 3 weeks in a workplace in County Roscommon making artworks responsive to the environment, people, materials or working practices of the company/organisation or service.
McEvoys interest lay in the material, social and historical essence of King House – as a building interested in the many workforces and lives forgotten or remembered which have passed through the building. Is a place which has impacted on private and public histories and is also a site of contemporary life and work. The project represents those who currently work at King House, those who care for the building, its collections and objects. It is about the daily routines of the people, recognising how they move its cultural succession into the near future. This work is portrayed in a way that is poetic, indirect and somewhat timeless.
Shine is an audio visual artwork (duration 10 mins, part audio) that documents the transient movement of light and shadow within the building and the ephemeral silhouetted presence of staff as they impact and alter the space. The final work is a mix of layered video clips with modified opacity, part silent, part audio. See video here and here
These works were exhibited in the attic room of King House in 2013 and in the Laois Arthouse in 2014.