Nil Cuimhneachan… No monuments are constructed… Image depicts Paul Hill, wrongly imprisoned as one of the ‘Birmingham Four’.
The emigrant’s perception of Ireland is distorted by a knowledge of our position in another, different culture. O’Leary deals with ideas of absence and the production of memory. Her work addresses the question of how the experience of exile is articulated:
‘Imaginary chronicles, the partial remembrance of things past are always indexed in other categories, located on other shelves. Unspecified and unclassified, how are we to be identified?’