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Deciding to pursue an MFA was a big decision, and in doing so I decided to explore midlife malaise and what it is that brings us to a point in life where recalibration is needed. I see it as part of a quest for what Aristotle called eudaimonia, human flourishing found through meaning or purpose. My work for this degree is a meditation on identity, loss and the passage of time, the circumstances and experiences that determine our current self, and the constant battle between life’s demands and the desire to break out of a rut or mould of expectation. This work grapples with these concepts and explores what it would take to make the leap away from it all to reassert your identity and reimagine your life, and, what might happen if you did.

Etain O'Carroll

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