Martina O’Neill comes to us as a Wilderness Featured Thinker via the DREAMING PLACE project by Anna Keleher (recent Featured Thinker) and Claire Coté (Thinking Wilderness project co-director). They interviewed Martina in 2011 as part of their “roaming” artists in residency within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, on the borderlands of Fermanagh (Northern Ireland) and County Cavan (Ireland). DREAMING PLACE was inspired by an ancient Celtic tradition in which “the land remembers everything.” The project started by investigating “dúlra” – ecosystem, “dúchas”– heritage, and “aisling” – dream, but soon evolved into an exploration of “dreams of place” and how lands speak through dreamers. In this process, themes rose to the surface. “Wildness and wilderness” was among those themes. click on images for larger view
To help us discover more about wildness we posed the question, “What is wild?” to Martina O’Neill, Geopark Development Officer and Education Director for Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. This is what she said:
Originally from Boho, Northern Ireland, Martina O’Neill is development Officer for the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Ireland/Northern Ireland. (Martina is pictured here with Anna Keleher in front of a Fermanagh county vehicle .)
Featured photos are copyright of Anna Keleher and Claire Coté. All photos were taken in the Marble Arch Caves global Geoopark.