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Richard Proffitt × Miranda Driscoll

Richard Proffit's Pathways Written in Smoke (2015), a mixed media installation underneath Dawson Street; was accessed through the basement of a record store, and by crawling through a narrow gap, into a dark space. The work was an assortment of found ephemera, assembled like remnants of a shrine or ritualistic site. It felt like a sketch or a prototype; never meant to be seen publicly, although some ESB workers later found it, concluding that ‘devil-worshipping’ was afoot. References to counter-cultures were implied through the ritualistic aesthetic and the performative, illicit act of viewing it. Richard brought me there for a studio visit - we both felt more comfortable there than in the formalities of the traditional studio visit. In a strange turn of events, this image - the only one that exists of the work; can’t be seen in person either, but rather in a publication about an exhibition that cannot be visited.

Miranda Driscoll is an arts manager and multidisciplinary cultural producer & curator, and is Interim Executive Director of Solas Nua, Washington D.C. She was the Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Co. Cork from 2014–2019, and co-founded and directed the Joinery in Dublin from 2007–2014.

Richard Proffitt
Mountain Return, 2016
Tape loops, 16 mins 50 secs

Richard Proffitt
Pathways Written In Smoke, 2016

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Richard Proffitt born 1985, Liverpool. Lives and works in Dublin. Proffitt's work in painting, sculpture and sound often combine to create immersive, otherworldly, site-responsive installation works that evoke places of worship one may imagine existing in an intermingling cosmic universe of esoteric folk religions, the bedroom of a teenage loner, a spaghetti western and the remote habitat of a psychedelic death cult. Recent solo exhibitions include 'May the moon rise and the sun set', UCC Music Department, Cork and 'Written In Water, Shone In Stone, Lost In Light', Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin. Group exhibitions include 'What Remains Of This Place?', various Locations, East Wall, Dublin; 'Display, Link & Cure', The Complex, Dublin; and 'They Call Us The Screamers', TULCA 2017, Galway.

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