I have admired the work of Susan MaierMoul since I read her Sean O’Faolain Prize story Pleasure in early 2015. Since then, I have followed her website project, New York, with an eager fascination.
Here is what New York is all about - a statement from the website itself:
There are five narrative containers for looking at this website project, New York, created in the form of, and in-progress as, a blog. Each of the provided wayfindings is woven from my reading and my camera walking in the city. They are non linear, non parallel, polyphonic, and outside given categories of direction or progression. The paths and posts are offered in shifting levels of analysis, which might be read as a sense of hope, a sense of humor, as well as a sense of urgency. The project comes out of my interest in field notes and working notes as notes toward rather than notes about. The modularity and accumulation allow the form to be inconsistent, textured, curious and, I hope, an open interface of thinking and looking around that will invite people who have connected to various posts to go off and read more of the works and writers cited.
Susan MaierMouls most recent work, a multi-layered photo essay called Fountain, is a fresh and engaging piece. Published in the winter issue of The Lonely Crowd journal (print copies can be ordered here), Fountain is an immersive experience of mixed narrative forms; photography, resonant quotation, habitat, human rights, history.
We rarely get to speak to each other so deeply about our art, and the works we spend so much time focusing on. Therefore it was a great pleasure to have such an involved discussion with Susan about her work Fountain and my own work Summer In The City State.
You can read the full discussion here on the The Lonely Crowd website.
Eamonn Sheehy - travel writing with a focus on people and culture.