Inspired by a coast-to-coast walk, this work wrestles with Scotland’s cultural myths. Across large areas the stag, Scotland’s icon of wildness, roams a landscape grazed bare of vegetation while miles of fencing are needed to protect trees. Drawing on indigenous art of Finnmark and Scotland tracing 5000 years of coexistence with deer, I reflect on boundaries, fear, identity and control against today’s backdrop of global crisis. What role do boundaries play in safeguarding what we value? Do My Fences Keep Me Safe?
Natural phenomena - elemental, viral - defy human control. This work explores the human as both actor and observer within the wider natural environment. There is an acceptance of being 'uncertain implements', measuring time in repetitive manual actions. Like Cassandra of ancient Greece, we sometimes feel able to discern the future, but at the same time feel helpless to change it.
This work was shaped by the pandemic and by personal events and explores water as touch and time as physical. Porcelain casts of plastic bottles erode in the ‘rain sleet darkness wind’ referenced in the poem ‘Sisyphus’ by Alice Oswald. Sisyphus, an intellectual control-freak, cedes control to the transformative qualities of physicality...
... draws on repetition and ritual to explore the materiality of embodied time. A skin-like tea sculpture becomes a manifestation of lockdown touch, while a Covid carer’s log reimagines ‘vital signs’. Collection of a body’s worth of precipitation, lockdown installation of pieces in the ‘Danger of Drowning’ zone of a dam, film, painting and print continue this exploration of material relationships, uncertainty and separation.
The Matter with Time: In an age of instantaneity What role can art play in engagement with the 'wild'?
Juhani Palaasma observes on ‘ocularcentrism’ that ‘The only sense that is fast enough to keep pace with the astounding increase of speed in the technological world is sight. But the world of the eye is to live in a perpetual present, flattened by speed and simultaneity’. This work is an exploration of how resonance and listening affects our relationship with time.
in IT, a rootkit is a set of software tools that enable an unauthorized user to gain control of a computer system without being detected. This work explores natural root networks and ways in which they connect us