Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Third Sister.

My artists residency has now finished and my exhibition up and running. I am in the process of sorting photos and a film of my exhibition set up and launch as a final blog.

For anyone who has been following the idea behind my exhibition “The Three Sisters”, I do have a film of the third river, The Suir, this is a wee snippet took on June 9th in complete torrential rain. I just thought I’d better upload this to finish off The Three Sister concept, didn’t want to be missing a river! Thanks to Donal and Rory from Carrick on Suir triathlon club for taking me swimming.

I have so much swimming, water and river footage now, its going to be a long time sorting through it all. But the process of filming and meeting all the swimmers during my artists residency has been great fun and part of my art practice I have always wanted to have the opportunity to explore and develop.




June 28, 2010 at 9.47 am

Lovely piece, I particularly like the sound!


“Swim to Work Day” – 30 second trailer!

Here’s a 30 second movie trailer from  ‘Swim to Work Day’.

I have 35 minutes of  film footage and I don’t know what to do with it all.

I originally thought to exhibit it all in real time, so the viewer can experience the whole  journey, but its a bit long. I like the walking past all the congested traffic and then the peace of the river in contrast. I then thought I could speed up the walking part, there’s at least 12 minutes of that, but it looks too comical, maybe thats  good.

Any ideas?

That’s not how you hold your paddles!

Thanks to Caroline and Roger.

Only one more film to shoot, The Suir has sure been hard to get people to swim with, hopefully on Tuesday I’m meeting up with some swimmers and I’l get the last film.

As well as that I’ve a rake of painting and cutting to do. Less blogging more action!

For some reason 3 of those photos won’t enlarge, I’l try and sort it later.


Cathy Fitzgerald

June 4, 2010 at 7.29 am

Hi Vanessaloved the 30 sec format – its really suitable for web audiences and I think for installation you might not need much longer. Peopples attentions spans are very short for this type of media and if you loop it in the installation you will still convey alot of the sensations of the swim. Some minimal titling might be good if you want to locate the work in a specific area or suggest other ideas – have you thought about narrated across some of it – its looking well anywayC


June 7, 2010 at 9.57 pm

Hey Vanessa,I saw a Douglas Gordon installation some years back in the Hayward in London.

What I found most interesting about it was the voids or spaces between frames. I liked being forced to stop and appreciate the hidden spaces, even in the most obvious places.



Anne Coyne

June 9, 2010 at 8.32 pm

a bit of comic is always good?



June 12, 2010 at 9.39 pm

Does it cost to get into the exhibition or anything..?


    vanessa daws

    June 13, 2010 at 12.13 am

    No it doesn’t cost, free in and free juice, I reckon we’re out of biscuits now though! Bring all your friends. It is your animation after all!



June 17, 2010 at 6.14 pm

Hey, do you want us to be there before six, to help with anything?


    vanessa daws

    June 18, 2010 at 12.24 am

    No, you’re grand, thanks for asking. See you tomorrow.

‘Swim to Work Day’ tomorrow.

Just been organising my camera and clothes for tomorrows ‘Swim to Work Day”. I don’t want to arrive at work to have forgotten warm clothes and shoes to wear! It wouldn’t make sense to have to drive home for them!

The photo above is of Esther Williams, what I am aspiring to!! But realistically it will just be me freezing away, (and Roger my kayak support) wishing that I had drunk more tea before embarking.



Donal Enright

June 2, 2010 at 11.41pm

ya mad thing ya . . . best of luck with another of your escapades, hope it’s a down river swim . . . slan n splash


Special guest!

The pressure is on, time is running out and still a million ideas I want to do before I’m turfed back into reality again!

I had a nice Supprise on Sunday when Duke Special and his band called in to see my work, he was playing at ‘The Set’ next door, so I left a note saying if he had time to call around and he did. He has used his friends animations in his previous performances and thought he may be interested in my work.

I was relieved that my ipod shuffle wasn’t blasting out any highly embarressing music when they called around.



June 2, 2010 at 9.29pm

The exhibition is the 18th of this month? Or next month?

Are you around for the arts festival? Do a course for it:) xxxxxxx


    vanessa daws

    June 2, 2010 at 10.00pm

    This month, two weeks away! No panic in my typing there!



June 2, 2010 at 10.19pm

Okay (: At six? :3 Relax, you’ll get everything done XD


    vanessa daws

    June 2, 2010 at 10.24pm

    Yep six it is, everyone will be watching your animation! See you there!