TOWNSCAPE - MARY BURKE - Portraits of homes in Stradbally This book narrates a particular story, set in a particular place at a particular point in time. The story unfolds visually through photographs and paintings, and verbally through a framing essay. Twelve householders living in Stradbally, Co. Laois agreed to have their homes photographed by the artist, Mary Burke, as source material for a series of portraits that Mary executed and which feature in this book. As part of the project, the participants also agreed to be interviewed about their homes. They tell their own stories about what those homes mean to them, materially and symbolically, and in the context of Stradbally, Co. Laois. The artwork presented here and the narrations of home and town by the project participants encourage us to develop a more textured appreciation of how people relate to and inhabit their locality. 9 780956 973931 ISBN 978-0-9569739-3-1 978-0-9931333-3-6 978-0-9931333-3-6 Laois County Council