West of Ireland c1895 ref: GOAP 0294
A study of fortitude in the essential task of going for water trumps Robert Frost’s poetic suggestion that engagement with the joy of nature revokes the hardship. She is beautifully clothed but barefooted – a powerful symbol of the indigenous life she inhabits where time is cyclical rather than linear. The boreen behind her is her past, she stands in its present and it leads forward to her future all in one encapsulated moment.
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