TRIBUTE TO DERMOT MORGAN – FATHER TED [CANON 1Ds MarkIII WITH 40mm VOIGTLANDER LENS]
I used my old Canon 1DS Mark III with a manual Voigtlander 40mm and unfortunately more than 50% of my photographs were out of focus due to lack of experience, I had just obtained the Voigtlander. There is a bit of history – my first Canon DSLR was a 5D which was an amazing camera and I assumed that the 1Ds, a much more expensive camera, would be better so I purchased one [the most I ever paid for a camera] after receiving an inheritance and it was a disaster because the auto focus was faulty. At the time I thought that it was me rather than the device. I have always suspected that the camera dealer, no longer in business, knew that there was a problem as he gave me a huge discount.
The memorial in my photographs was erected with the generous assistance of RTEÌ and Dublin City Council
There are two types of people in the World:  Those who hated Father Ted  Those who loved Father Ted. My mother, who was 100 in May, switched from  to  about two years ago … I have no idea why. She still hates “Mrs Brown”.
Joker’s Chair was erected in the memory of the writer, actor, satirist and comic Dermot Morgan (1952-1998), who achieved international renown for his role as Father Ted Crilly in the much loved and successful sitcom Father Ted. The inscription which accompanies this piece reads; ….and all the rest is laughter laughter liberating laughter to be remembered.
The artist Catherine Greene was born in Galway and studied at the National College of Art and Design from 1979-85. Her sculpture has a comical spirituality that seems to prevail throughout her work. This nod to humour and the less obvious is particularly appropriate in this piece as it appears to fittingly capture Dermot Morgan’s comical spirit.
Greene was approached by Dermot Morgan’s partner to create the memorial which was funded by RTEÌ and supported by Dublin City Council. A condition of the commission was that it should be an allegorical piece rather than a representative image.
Greene saw Dermot as being like the modern day seer who never feared to tell the truth, cleverly, searingly and with verve. This led her to the idea of the Shakespearean fool, who was always the closest to to the throne and who never feared to tell the truth. She felt it would be important for the public to engage with the artwork so she created a throne and if one looks just underneath the seat, you will see an eye, which for Greene represents the knowing eye. The balls on the top of the seat for her are like the hat of the jester. All these elements create a sense of fun and comedy about the piece. Joker’s Chair fits well within Greene’s work in that during the years preceding this commission she had been making small thrones as she was caught up with the idea of absence within her work.
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