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What is the strangest thing you have ever found on a beach?

What is the strangest thing you have ever found on a beach?

  Walking the 4 miles along the beach  on the beach, ocean, wind, clay bluffs, insects. It’s hot and empty, an ocean facing wild beach that the day trippers and family beach parties ignore.   Evidence and artifacts lie everywhere but the people are far away, the arc of existence described by a million pointless objects. Decisions […]

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INTERVIEW with Redbird Review – Fan of Memory, Hidden Door Festival

INTERVIEW with Redbird Review - Fan of Memory, Hidden Door Festival

Redbird Review – interview with Eileen Budd, May 2015 Nostalgia is a powerful thing.  It used to be thought of as a sickness but social psychologists now believe it has a positive impact on us, that it makes us happier and even makes us feel warmer.  Is it an emotion?  Hundreds of products are sold […]

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A room of one’s own

A room of one's own

For years I have had a recurring dream. I am alone in an old house (or is it a flat?).  With a dark central hallway and a number of closed doors  it feels haunted,  intimidating but also exciting and full of potential.  I think I have been here before.  Should I be here? I start […]

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The impossibility of memory – It’s all about telling stories…

The impossibility of memory - It's all about telling stories...

blood/MarcyAV  31st Oct Private View 7 – 9.30pm, The Old Ambulance Depot, 77 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh EH7 5HS The exhibition continues until Sunday Nov 3rd 10 – 5pm In the late 1980’s at a time when more than 2000 people a year were murdered in New York City, Southside Williamsburg, Brooklyn was an extremely hot […]

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Stop Time – A poem from Sheila Black on National Poetry Day UK

Stop Time - A poem from Sheila Black on National Poetry Day UK

Oct 3rd is  National Poetry Day here in the UK and to celebrate I’d like to share one of my favourite poems by my good friend Sheila Black from her Orphic Prize nominated collection Wen Kroy. Wen Kroy was written as part of the collaboration Nostalgia/Analgesic with visual artist Michele Marcoux (that’s me) and sound […]

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In my studio – prevaricating

In my studio - prevaricating

Spending what feels like half my life in the studio these days – probably should be more than that given the show is only 6 weeks away….This weekend went to the Ambulance Depot to work out what kind of lighting I should use when there is 2D work and moving image in the same show. […]

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Is Painting Nostalgic?

Is Painting Nostalgic?

  Memory is where I start. A core dislocation, the sadness, a lie that I tell myself.  To start. There is longing but also relief. There is no going back. There are limits but there is potential. I was meant to be here…….. When it’s going in the right direction nostalgia disappears. You don’t look […]

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Hillsounds and Dollfur

Hillsounds and Dollfur

 Lynne writes (and edits sounds) from Moon Hill Farm, a civil war era farmhouse at the top of a mountain near Claryville NY. She lives with Jean, who has owned the farm since the 60’s and her mum Carmella. This is her latest post from the Catskills…………………………………………………………   i’m a woman who came of age […]

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Nostalgia/Analgesic Diary

Nostalgia/Analgesic Diary

Since we all met up at Jean’s fabulous upstate NY farm last April, Lynne and Sheila and I have been working diligently away at the Nostalgia/Analgesic project. Sound! Image! Poetry! Lots has happened in the meantime, Sheila’s moved herself and her family to San Antonio, Texas to run Gemini Ink, Lynne now has her mum […]

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