Following a history of deforestation, Ireland went under a considerable afforestation programme from 1949-88. While targets were met, an industrial approach was adopted. Monoculture plantations, often dominated by the non-indigenous Sitka Spruce were the result.
In her project Plantation, Flynn is concerned with the fansasies we have about ‘nature’. By interfering with a purely aesthetic reading of the plantation, she conveys the social and economic factors driving monoculture, and the risks posed to the health of the environment as a result.
The work also draws on the history of Ireland. It questions whether the Irish nation will ever learn from the Great Famine?
(This project was created during a 10-day residency ‘How To Flatten A Mountain’ at the Cow House Studios, and was supported by PhotoIreland.)