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 The Plantations of Our Time, Flynn uses a combination of visual strategies to highlight the realities and the dangers associated with monoculture plantations. Concerned with how the plantation may the interpreted, Flynn offers additional layers for her audience to decode. These convey the social and economic factors driving monoculture, and the risks posed to the health of the environment.
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.)