Perfect Weather to Fly, oil on canvas, 60x80cm, 2014 ©

We must fly and we must fall

Our earth has surrounded us with constant, reliable truths. From the rising and setting of the sun to the ebb and flow of the tide, our world is quietly and beautifully keeping time. Gravity is within us, radiating from our very core and grounding us. Unwavering and invisible, we rely on this force completely and unconsciously.

Figuratively speaking, from conception, we learn to fly and we learn to fall. The radiant pull of the unknown turns us all into honorary Icarus devotees as we strive to stretch our wings and dive forth into unchartered territories. With the rising of the sun anxiety builds and stomach knots await the outcome. Success and failure run hand in hand as life’s lessons prove to rise and fall akin to the tide. Emotional scarring and bruising fade as our wings grow stronger and begin to direct us with purpose. Our souls set alight with fiery power and with long feathered strokes we are pulled to our truer purpose. The setting of the sun brings a quieting of our wings as wisdom teaches us not to fly too close to the sun.

Only the truth remains, we must fly and we must fall.

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
William Shakespeare


Learning to Fly is the new body of work by Irish artist, Myra Jago. Brendan McLoughlin, Hennessy New Irish Writer 2014 was invited to write a short story in response to Jago’s new work. The story, also Learning to Fly / Ag Foghlaim conas Eitilt, accompanies the exhibition in both Irish and English translations. The exhibition continues October 30th - November 5th.

Jennette Donnelly, Curator