Things are getting ready
out of sight.
Stars and moths.
And rinds slanting around fruit.
But not yet.
One tree is black.
One window is yellow as butter.
A woman leans down to catch a child
who has run into her arms
Apples sweeten in the dark.
Words: Eavan Boland. Image: JesseJames.
The artist JesseJames used to cycle out into the countryside on the outskirts of Firhouse to sketch and paint.
Modern society depends on light in many forms; from high-intensity natural daylight and artificial lighting, to the glow of TV screens, computers, tablets, smartphones, and games. Light is so ubiquitous – and generally travels unseen (except, for instance, in fog) – that we often take it for granted. Critically, we probably have more light than we need, while people are generally unaware of the amount of light they are exposed to, and of its economic and environmental costs.
Words: Professor Brian Espey, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. Image: JesseJames.
Acrylic on canvas, detail.
Nature’s Wallpaper inspired by God’s Wallpaper by the artist Paul Kerr.
JesseJames Studio, Interior. Medium: watercolour on paper.
Alert. Senses heightened walking at night. Sensitive to movement and sound, from the shadowy darkness. A fox ambles nonchalantly across the road. Disappears behind a shrub in a front garden. Paper fan of moth wing beats against a street light, one of a thousand. The reflected orange glow strikes the underbelly of a cloudy sky.
Words: JesseJames. Image: JesseJames.