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Morag Smith

Morag Smith
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What is place? What is it that changes a landscape from a scenic view to somewhere that has a sense of the known? Through an exploration of time and personal experience, thinking about how I came to know the North West Highlands and Islands has enabled me to give definition to my sense of this landscape as place.

Distilling this sense of knowing the landscape from place into final pieces is driven by a process-led practice, where one step leads to another, with accidental discoveries along the way, creating a highly experimental mix. With intuition as my guide, and following where the process leads, I use photography, found text, found materials and printmaking. In current work this has led to the industrial materials of concrete, resin, plaster and paints, which, combined with found moulds, allow for the creation of one-off casts.

The physicality of making the works is paramount to the overall process, and links back to the physicality of coming to know the landscape. Emerging from this dynamic process, these works reflecting place hint at minimalism juxtaposed with an organic quality, obscuring the distinction between the industrial and the natural.

Morag Smith
Born, Edinburgh 1968

Education: BA Fine Art (Hons) 2.1
Moray School of Art UHI

Selected Exhibitions:

2018 Moray School of Art Degree Show, Elgin

2018 Elements of Place, Orchard Road Studios, Forres

2017 LAC Members exhibition, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

2016 New Highland Contemporary 3, Nairn Book and Arts Festival

2016 WASPS Links Studio Exhibition & Open Studios, Nairn

2016 Beautiful World: An Artists Response to the Environment, Moray School of Art, Elgin

2015 FOUND, Moray School of Arts, Elgin

2014 Here we are at Home, Pop up Scotland, Edinburgh

2013 Winter Beauty, Eden Court, Inverness

2011 West Coast Open, An Talla Solais, Ullapool

2010 Fabric of the Land, Aberdeen


2018 Shortlisted for Visual Arts Scotland’s Graduate Showcase

2016 Highland Fine Arts & Decorative Society Prize


2018 Art & Writing Workshop
WEA Women in the Highlands Project, Inverness

2017 Identity – A Making Workshop
Nairn Book and Arts Festival

2015 Be Creative Workshop
W.E.A., Aviemore.

2014 Series of Art & Writing Workshops, Nairn

Work Experience:

2001 – 2012 F.E. Lecturer and Adult Education worker

1986 – 2000 P.A./Secretary up to Board of Directors level


Studio Holder, WASPS Nairn

Member Highland Print Studio, Inverness

Visual Arts Scotland associate membership

Member Scottish Artists Union
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