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 work is concerned with the fantasies we have about photography and  ‘nature’ and conveys the social and economic factors driving monoculture forestry, as well as 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 devastation of the Great Famine? 

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