Lost in a Ceo
Commissioned by MoLI with funds provided by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
“I am lost, I’m lost in a ceo – a mist – on the side of a hill on an Blascaod Mór….”
Artist Gary Coyle’s Lost in a Ceo is a contemporary echo of MoLI’s Into the Island
exhibition – Coyle’s installation is his own beautiful, and personal, meditation on the legacy
of Peig Sayers and the Blasket storytelling tradition. Combining drawing, film and spoken
word, Lost in Ceo considers the lives of the Blasket Islanders; the experience of Sayers’
autobiography for generations of Irish children; and teases out the concept of “Irishness”.
A graduate of NCAD, Dublin, and the RCA, London, Gary Coyle was elected a member of
the RHA in 2007 and Aosdana in 2009. His work embraces various media, including
drawing, photography and spoken word/performance. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and
Recent group shows include Joyce In Art, MHKA, Antwerp, 2018; Post Picturesque,
Photographing Ireland, Perlman Museum Minnesota, USA, 2017; 2116: Forecast of the Next
Century, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, and Broad Museum, Michigan State University, 2016;
Second Look, David Kronn Collection; and IMMA, Dublin, 2014.
In 2018, he wrote and performed a one man spoken word show My Magnetic North at the
Project Arts Centre, Dublin. His most recent exhibition Dreaming Different Dreams was held
in the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin in March 2020.