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The Lambay Swim Trilogy

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Vanessa Daws is an American visual artist and open water swimmer who has created ‘Psychoswimography’ or art swim projects in watery spaces as diverse as the frozen Pirita River, Estonia; the Rideau Canal, Canada; The President’s Fountain, Bulgaria; the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara; UCD Lake, Dublin; the M50 Aqueduct, Dublin and the bogs of Ballycroy, Co Mayo. Her art practice explores place through swimming; swimming as research, process and live event.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • Daws has escaped from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California and Spike Island in Co Cork
  • Daws took part in a successful English Channel relay in 2015 with team Allez Les Verts
  • Daws is an active member of the Leinster Swim Community in Dublin
  • Daws has participated in Ned Denison's Cork Distance Week in Co Cork, Ireland where she has been filming the races and swims for the past five years
  • Daws has always swum, not competitively, or for particularly long distances; but when passing a body of water, be it pond, lake, river or sea, she usually takes a quick open water swim
  • Daws became the first person to circumnavigate Lambay Island in Dublin Bay, Ireland on 6 September 2016, the third swim in her art project called The Lambay Swim Trilogy

The Lambay Swim Trilogy[edit]

The Lambay Swim Trilogy is an art project by Vanessa Daws, an American visual artist and open water swimmer. Her art practice explores place through swimming; swimming as research, process and live event. The Lambay Swim Trilogy includes three open water swims: The Lambay Swim Collaborative Journey in 2013, the Lambay Solo Swim Expedition in 2015, and The Lambay Circumnavigation in 2016.


Psychoswimography is the art practiced by Vanessa Daws. The word ‘swim’ added to Psychogeography shifts the meaning from a terrestrial drifting to a watery drifting and re-imagining of place. ‘Place’ being the watery spaces navigated and swam through, the surrounding littoral space and the social spaces created by this shared activity.

Artistic Career[edit]

  • Daws swimming art projects can be seen on Vanessa Daws
  • Since 2009, she has had seven solo exhibitions at various Art Centers around Ireland along with a three-month Artist Residency at Kilkenny Arts Office 2010
  • Daws' visual art practice is a dialogue between physical and digital mediums with water as the underlying element in her work. She also enjoys interactive art; art that moves, spins and allows the viewer to play with it. She makes swim films, all of which serve as research, training and archive material.

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