Invisible Octopus Poem:
“Here is a poem, a story, an animation, of a life triumphant under the weight of a debilitating illness M.E., of a woman whose words are her lifeline, an inspiration to others.” Dolores Ronayne, Poet.

‘Invisible Octopus’ poem started off as narration to a puppetry film during a mentoring opportunity with Dr. Emma Fisher, funded by Arts & Disability Ireland Connect Scheme 2019. The publication of the poem received the support of a Professional Development Artlinks Bursary 2020. The shadow puppetry imagery highlight further the stark reality of life with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E).

The ‘Invisible Octopus’ Poem (2.12 min) Read by Corina Duyn

This poem and the images in this short video are the bases for the Ribbon of Light exhibition. To read the journey I made to get to this exhibition, please read on my BLOG HERE These shadow images were created on an overhead projector and reflected on the opposite wall. A selection of 12 limited edition A4 prints, A5 greeting cards with abstracts from the poem, as well as a limited edition accordion style A6 booklet with full poem and images are available below.

30 January 2021: As illness is taking another route, I am in the process of letting go of my online shop (or most of it anyway), so am selling off my last works. See ART PACKS page with previous works.

The remaining ‘Invisible Octopus’ A5 cards and A4 prints are now available of ‘Octopus Packs, containing: 2 prints; 5 cards and Poem booklet. Please note that EACH pack is different, images/cards can not be individually selected. SIX packs available at discounted rate of €25 including postage worldwide (value €55).

Octopus Poem booklet only €10. Current offer- just pay postage. Price set at €3 to cover postage to anywhere in the world

Visiting the Exhibition (includes video-poem) (6 min.)

A6 limited edition (postcard size) Poem booklet
Limited edition Poem booklet when folded up
Prints and cards: 1 to 12 (from top left)

Frames handmade in Ireland
Article in Dungarvan Observer by Christy Parker about the decision that this is my last exhibition

Further reading/listening:

See my article (Dec. 2020) on Arts & Health.ie in their ‘Reflections’ Series “My Art and M.E.: The Demands of a Creative Mind” A true honour to be asked.

See HERE for a podcast conducted by Emma Windsor from Puppet Place in Bristol exploring my ‘Invisible Octopus’ project, looking back at how this came about. Question five deals with Octopus, part six why I opted for poetry. Total podcast 24 minutes – individual segments available on Vimeo.

A recent Podcast with Amy Amantea about my work: listen HERE