Sarah Flynn




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.

This project is concerned with humanities fraught relationship with the environment. Valued economically, the environment is viewed as an infinite supply of natural resources which humanity should exploit for consumption, progress and economic growth.

Our idea of nature as natural, non-human and untouched must be re-considered. This work sees humans as part of nature, who have dominated and controled it, with little consideraiton for the next generation.

This work was created during  ‘How To Flatten A Mountain’, a 10-day residency at the Cow House Studios, and was supported by PhotoIreland.