Jane Cassidy Drink Up the Moon

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Jane Cassidy Drink Up the Moon

Drink Up The Moon celebrates how life can be better lived when we are in tune with the world around us. In this exhibition, a two-channel video installation captures the magic and mysticism of sunlight on choppy seas, rambling on the seashore, and deeply listening to our environment.

“This body of work began by filming my winter Atlantic swims at Salt hill Beach in Galway, on the west coast ofIreland. This creative habit changed how I experienced my time in the frigid water and kept me cycling to the sea, even during a blizzard. The luscious slow-motion video captures glistening light, the sensation of waves crashing, and the aggression of hailstones on open water. “You never regret the swim,” is a mantra I was once given and this project is indebted to those wise words.In tandem with my swims, I began studying our moon, filming its phases and finding an embodied connection with it. The more I paid attention to our magnetic satellite, the more I heard birdsong when I usually slept, and the more in tune I was with the cycle of my body and the tides that drew me to the sea. I filmed the moon rising behind mountains and shining across beaches, from my city doorstep and camping on cliff tops. By tracking the moon,I found a stronger connection to myself, my ancestors and my environment and I encourage us all to explore this connection and keep looking up.” —Jane Cassidy


Jane Cassidy (b. Galway, Ireland, 1984) is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator living in Galway City on the west coast of Ireland. Cassidy’s main interests lie in immersive audiovisual environments, multi-sensory work, and synesthesia, most often used to interpret the mysticism of nature. Her exhibition Drink Up the Moon celebrates how life can be better lived when we are in tune with the world around us.

IMAGE HEADER: Jane Cassidy (Galway, Ireland 1983; lives and works in Galway), Drink up the Moon, 2022, video, stereo sound, 7-minute loop, plays as a 2-channel video with You Never Regret the Swim, 2022.

This project is supported in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance, and by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.