Caroline McNally, Earth is Room Enough (2012)

The project examines our culture of consumption through documentation of a site which is integral but background to our daily existence: the landfill. These unusual landscapes, with tens of feet of rubbish hidden from view, act as a metaphor for how our society seeks to bury our problems and avoid addressing the deeper costs of the way we live. The colour alterations, inspired by science-fiction representations of dystopian futures (in particular HG Wells, The Time Machine), seeks to augment the unfamiliarity of these sites and underscore the degree to which western consumers are estranged from the innumerable and immensely destructive repercussions our consumption has at both ends of the production-disposal stream.


Dublin-based artist Caroline Mc Nally graduated with first class honours from the Photography BA in DIT (now TU Dublin). Her ongoing projects Earth is Room Enough and the accompanying photobook have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Future Perfect in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Aspect curated by Stag and Deer, the Student Art Awards in the RDS, the Dublin Art Book Fair in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, and the Format 13 Photography Festival in Derby, UK. Her work has been published in Source Photographic Review, the Irish Arts Review, and is also featured in the National Irish Visual Arts Library, NCAD, within the artists’ book collection.