"Each artwork is the individual expression of a young person living in the Stoneybatter area. Some created in miniature what they missed most about being separated from friends and family or the recreational activities they could no longer take part in. Others took an opportunity to make their ideal place to escape to, or use the new recurring mask motif and two metre rule that have now become habitual. Three of these individual expressions are then brought closely together to create a Little House. These houses then form into a street-like row or vertically into an apartment block, a couple float detached from all the others. While these architectural arrangements echo the housing found in Stoneybatter, the groupings also act as metaphors for another aspect of lockdown - how it isolated some people while simultaneously instigating new communities just on the other side of a wall.
Housemates and familieswere forced to spend time together, cheek by jowl with maybe no access to an outdoor area. Working,
studying, eating and
relaxing all in just one or two rooms, while others had access to entire houses with large gardens. Whether being alone for a
long period of time or constantly surrounded by other people, feeling isolated during this time was a common experience.
Creatively expressing their experiences through the transformation of everyday materials into mini versions of themselves and their spaces, these young people encourage the viewer to reflect and help articulate our own experience of lockdown."