Even a maniac can learn to drive’ is an autobiographical venture into Quirke’s twenties and sundown on the devil-may-care youthful days of yore. Through a nostalgia of self, depicted with scrapbook style collage and playful curation, Quirke’s book is a swan song to themes of love, loss and the fading of innocence in the wake of adulthood. Though often at times dark and brooding, Quirke’s practice is not without humour and ironises its own introspective lens on mortality.
Through the juxtaposition of found images and Quirke’s diaristic photographs, ‘Even a maniac can learn to drive’ pokes fun at itself and the naivety of youth with characteristic poise and jocularity. Figuration and metaphor run as red threads through the collection, stringing together a series of works that are as accessible as they are enigmatic.
Edition of 100 copies only, hand numbered and with a print.