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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Bridget Murphy Milligan

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Midwest

Fireside Tales: A Convergence of Fact and Fiction

Fireside Tales examines and preserves the tradition of Irish storytelling through the language of photography. Together the images recreate popular stories of faith, mystery, myth, humor, history, and legends. The digital collages combine photographs taken while traveling in Ireland and scanned drawings, paintings, and pages from antique storybooks. They are divided into two worlds; the factual depictions of ruins, monastic sites, rocks, bogs, fields, fences, and seaside cliffs, places that once inspired these tales. The shadows, simple renderings of animals or figures representing stock characters and common archetypes in Irish folklore, twist reality into a fantasy. They transport the images into a re-imagined existence, transparent silhouettes of the real, fading in and out of being. My hope is to generate contemporary folklore retellings that reveal a convergence of factual places and fictional narratives or daydreams.

Wren Day

Gone Hunting

A Great Sorrow (left)

A Great Sorrow (right)

The Little Land (left)

The Little Land (right)

Night Watchmen

King of Cats

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