17. Aisling Wilson

My practice takes the form of a nature-inspired introspection. In my prints and paintings, I explore the relationship between my home country of Northern Ireland and my current life in the United States, with particular consideration of geopolitics and what it means to belong to a place.

My artwork typically takes the form of densely-layered monotypes which incorporate translucencies, embossing, collage, mixed-media and running collected organic material through the press. The prints echo the delicacy and ephemerality of the land they reference; a soft, intimate and somewhat cathartic lens to grapple with the more painful and divisive undertones of intertwining land and politics. Sculptural forms, such as resin acorns cast from those collected from Boston, give permanence and preciousness to the soon-to-rot original specimen picked from the ground.

I observe and gather the perennial, impermanent natural elements which make up a landscape, such as the catsear seeds which embellish the Northern Irish coastline in the summer or leaves  scattered along the sidewalks of Boston in the fall. I use these as representations of the land and the people who inhabit it. I’m drawn to the fleeting seasonal growths that adorn geographical regions with vast quantities -- yet without being considered of value.