The Bog Queen Immersion Project

A collaborative project by Phenomenal Women (Caroline Coyle and Nicole McKenna)

Phenomenal Woman is the title of a collaborative project undertaken by Caroline Coyle and Nicole McKenna in 2015 (see separate posting). The Bog Queen Immersion project is a second phase of this collaboration and so the working group (Nicole McKenna and Caroline Coyle ) have adopted this title as their own.

The Bog Queen Immersion Project is site specific art project that seeks to actively contemplate the social construction of older women in society through immersion in bog pools and contemplative poetry. In reference to poet Seamus Heaney’s Bog Queen, this transformative project seeks to explore questions surrounding older women in society, specifically, their social construction; in how they see themselves; and in how they are viewed.

The Bog Queen Video  is a call to action for the Bog Queen Immersion Project. In this video and series of artworks woman is seen to immerse herself in therapeutic mineral rich peaty bog waters and to experience the catharsis of poetry and peat. The ancient Greeks used the term catharsis for the cleansing of both the body by medicine and the soul by art. Poetry by its very nature is a metamorphosis and an agent of change, as is peat and bog matter.  The act of immersion is accompanied by poetry including a poem written by Caroline Coyle entitled Paying Homage to the Bog Queen. This poem speaks of the spiritual transformation that occurs in tandem with the physical experience.

The Bog Queen Video is part of an installation. It is available to view on request. The musical score that accompanies this video is by entitled “Sleep”. It is by ”Mortal Morning (Michael Gardiner) is an experimental electronic music artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. Gardiner’s debut EP “The Lost Line”, inspired by his railway journeys, was released in December 2013.”


Bog Queen Video


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