Shackleton’s Endurance is based on the famous night-time photograph taken by Frank Hurley. He was the photographer on the Endurance Expedition (1914–16), which was led by Ernest Shackleton. The work was created specially to mark the centenary of the rescue of the crew of his ship Endurance after it become trapped and crushed in the Antarctic ice pack.
The image is made up of thousands of very closely condensed words which are taken from the extracts of Shackleton’s diary that he kept on the Endurance Expedition and which he included in his book South.
The words are written on aluminium using oil paints. The words are combined, sometimes compressed together and sometimes lightly inscribed and spaced, to make the image.
The image therefore requires close attention to the texture of letters and words which serve as the building blocks for the whole image.
It will be on display in the Town Hall Theatre, Westport, County Mayo, until 1 April.