The amygdala never forgets


'If we could see all the things we drag and all the things we pull the streets would be full'.


the following are  notes provided for Royal Ulster Academy's School’s programme.


Here are some of the ideas I had in mind whilst making the work.

I was thinking about the representations, of women in art history, I wanted  to suggest a link with  that tradition (an alternative one).  The solitary women in a landscape or interior where the setting  is telling you about the persons identity and circumstances.  I am interested in depicting internal states. This series is about primitive brain and survival mode.

Like the others photographs in this series this picture evokes narrative like a film still, a single moment Something has happened here or has already happen.ed


Yvonne O’Reilly

May 2015


'if we could see all the things we drag''and all the things we push'The streets would be full
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