Stop, Look, Listen

by sarahartonsherkin

A visit to Michael Holly’s studio last Saturday at Uillinn, where he has taken up a four-month residency, encouraged me to look further into the planets and the part they play in our lives. Michael, who is engaging with the Skibbereen town and surrounding area landscape through a series of long walks or ‘Deep Topographies’, hosted The London Perambulator at the art centre on April 9th for Slow Art Day, the time of the impending shadow period of Mercury’s current retrograde, a time where we can all benefit from taking a closer look at situations with greater depth.


“Mercury rules anything that begins with “re”: redo, reassess, repair, repeat, redesign, or revisit. It’s always human nature to want to hear that new opportunities are coming our way, but we really do need to focus on the quality of our work and improve it to the best it can be. Often this is a better use of our time than continually chasing the newest idea. Mercury retrograde allows you to be thorough and to perfect your performance.”

“Mercury retrograde periods are like walking through glue, so they do tend to make us slow down, which at times can be a blessing.”