Annika Derksen

 

 

 

De Rijs.

 

'De Rijs', is a project based upon the book 'The Voyage of Saint Brendan'. The novel revolves around Saint Brendan an Irish Monk from Galway. According to legend he read a book on the miracles of creation and decided it was untrue. He therefore chose to burn the book; as a result an angel came to punish him. Saint Brendan was sent on a voyage in search for the truth. Amongst the company of various pilgrims, he set of to navigate around the world for the next nine years. He recorded his travel by writing down all that he encountered, which were in fact a lot of the matters he had first read about in the book he burned. Nowadays the story of Saint Brendan is also considered as a metaphor. In short the mentally arduous journey one has to go through in order to arrive safe and sound in paradise. In the light of the project I have worked on, I felt a deep connection with the metaphorical meaning of Saint Brendan’s story. I delved into Saint Brendan’s story and visited the places he once visited as well. Gradually his quest to paradise became mine.

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