Describing Architecture

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Joyce’s Washerwomen / Leah Hogan




Joyce’s Washerwomen: Movement along the Liffey


“We’ll meet again, we’ll part once more”.

James Joyce’s ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ text describes a conversation between two washerwomen moving along either side of the Liffey over the course of a day. As day turns to night and the Liffey widens the washerwomen can no longer hear one another and turn into a stone and a tree.

A representation of this through Liffey sections highlights a sense of containment within the quay walls as the river twists and turns through the city before widening out into the bay. The work is a sequence of overlayed paper sections describing the journey from source to mouth of the Liffey and became a primer for my subsequent thesis project.