Invasive Species is a three-channel video installation examining the complicated relationships between land, labour, landscape and ecology in a rural space.
Threading together the conflicting histories of colonialism and post-colonialism with present day issues of ecological invasion and climate change; the current crises of biodiversity loss and coastal erosion weave meditatively through the layers of image making. Topographic drone photography merges the past and present when viewed with the rich source material of old Ordinance Survey maps. Text and images connect our many pasts with the present, giving insight into the realities and expectations of land and sustainability in the Irish rural environment. The music was made in a collaboration between Sam Lowes, Theo Lowes, Cara Rawson and Myfanwy Frost-Jones.
Running time: 8 minutes
Myfanwy Frost-Jones is an artist and oyster farmer, a gardener and goat-keeper from the West of Ireland. A recent graduate from The Crawford College of Art, her moving image work has already won a number of awards. Passionate about environmental sustainability, biodiversity and local food networks she sustains a growing eco-social art practice using photography, text, sculpture and video in the wild landscape of the Beara Peninsula to explore personal histories of invasion, famine and colonisation, interrogating the human/nature relationship of industry within the countryside whilst observing the constant changes inherent in a working landscape.
Myfanwy was winner of the RDS Mason Hayes & Curran Award at the RDS Visual Art Awards in 2022.