Each generation is born into the shadow of the previous, into the environment it has shaped or damaged. And yet young people also wield the possibility for change; children’s minds are boundless and constantly inventing. Researchers in child psychology have identified the ‘paracosm’ as a particularly intense example of this, it refers to an intricate imaginary world a child regularly revisits and builds on. Rather than escapism, this ability points to an imaginative power to see this world anew, to renegotiate our relationship to the earth.
These images were created during a residency with the South Tipperary Arts Centre in the Republic of Ireland.