Marie commissioned artist Daphne Wright to create a new sculptural work in response to the iconic Charles Fort heritage site, a seventeenth century star shaped fort located on the water’s edge in Kinsale.
Cast from life, Evelyn, a bust of an elderly woman, possessed an unsettling, quiet exactitude. Wright saw Evelyn as a kind of sentinel or witness of a very ordinary kind, with the constancy of a person battered by the everyday world but managing to persist, to continue. Presented within the Fort’s cannon room, looking out to both site and sea, the piece took on an even greater poignancy; a stronghold out on the edge of the bay, a place built to repel the outside world, a political place, now dead in the context of contemporary politics.
Evelyn was presented alongside film work, I know what it’s like, commissioned by Tessa Fitzjohn for the National Trust’s Trust New Art in 2011.