Where Are The Dead ?

2013
White Neon
Where Are The Dead?  considers our constant quest for answers: in giving none, the question is thrown back at the viewer.

Where are the dead?  The Model, Sligo, 2015
Where Are The Dead?  further explores the artist's interest in our attempts to gain visible or tangible proof. Where Are The Dead? pursues this quest for answers; in giving none, the question is thrown back at the viewer.

The neon takes as its form the title of the 1928 book Where Are The Dead? Published by London, Cassell and Company, Ltd. Where are the Dead?, presents a collection of essays written in response to a letter published in the Daily News in which a correspondent asks for answers to the question of life after death:

"there is no question of greater import to every human being - no question so profound or more difficult to answer. And yet of all the
problems which Life offers it is the one we would wish to solve."  - A. J. C., Daily News.

In response, those considered amongst the greatest thinkers of the day were asked to give their views as to the destination of the dead. The essays by leading writers, scientists, churchmen and spiritualists; Arthur Conan Doyle, Julian Huxley, Oliver Lodge, Arthur Keith, G K Chesterton, Hillaire Belloc, et al., propose a range of points of view on the subject.


Where are the dead?  Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda 2013
Where Are The Dead? was produced for the exhibition Things In Translation, Highlanes, Drogheda, 2013. The exhibition curated by Helen Horgan asked artists to respond to the library of books held by the LFTT Library. Helen Horgan is co-owner with Danyel Ferrari
of this extensive 4,000 plus collection of books whose subject matters ranges from theology to religious and folk mysticism, poetry, literature, the arts and science. The collection was donated to Horgan and Ferrari by Multyfarnham Friary, Westmeath, following their time there as artists in residence, where the library of books became the focus of their work.

Since acquiring the collection Horgan has initiated numerous projects responding to its form and content. More information about the LFTT Library here. Visual documentation from the exhibition Things in Translation, which features MacWilliam's Where Are The Dead? can be viewed here.
Where are the dead?  Framed ink jet prints, 2013, Installation shot, Things In Translation, Highlanes, Drogheda, 2013
Where are the dead?  Framed ink jet prints, 2013, Installation shot, Things In Translation, Highlanes, Drogheda, 2013