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Portia Knight

Portia Knight
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My work is born from a series of developing relationships and connections. Our home on the North East coast of Scotland is a refuge where my interest in seaweed grew from studying the Victorian art of seaweed pressing and daily walks along the tideline. The complex variety of colour, texture and form was a revelation that I feel compelled to explore. Environmental awareness is key, and in subverting the common perception of seaweed as a slimy, smelly tangle to be avoided, I’m aligning myself with not only those shore hunters of the past, but also the people currently looking to seaweed for solutions to climate change and the problems of sustainability.

Rather than considering pressed seaweed as concluded work, more recently I have approached seaweed as a found object to be utilised in other media. Whether I’m making printed works on paper, or tentative forays into sculpture, my evolving practice is always based on engagement with the material. I spend a lot of time exploring the properties of individual seaweeds, learning how they behave when wet and dry, manipulating and experimenting as I collect, and observing changes over time. Wild materials are seasonal, and even in Scotland, suitable specimens are hard won. But they convey a vital and intimate connection to place and process.
1992 - BA, History of Art, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Artist memberships:
Visual Art Scotland
Society of Scottish Artists
Scottish Artist Union
An Talla Solais

FOLD, The Barn, Burn O Bennie, Banchory, AB31 5QA, Scotland
The Ceilidh Place Bookshop, 14 West Argyle Street, Ullapool, Wester Ross, IV26 2TY, Scotland
Rooted, 144 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, AB25 2YU, Scotland
Gairloch Museum, Achtercairn, Gairloch, IV21 2 BH, Scotland

Sales events:
Departmnt, 8a Gaelic Lane, Aberdeen, AB10 1JF, Scotland, Nov 12 – Dec 23, 2022
Handmade Oxford, Waterperry, Oxford, OX33 1LA, June 16 -18, 2023
Aberdeen Art Gallery Summer Market, Teagreen events, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FQ
July 1 – 2, 2023
The Gallery at Green and Stone Christmas Fair, 251 - 253 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HY, Nov 29, 2023 – Jan 5, 2024

Website portiaknight.com
Instagram @portiaknightseaweed
Email portia@portiaknight.com
Shoreline Habits II
  • Portia Knight
  • Shoreline Habits II
  • Printmaking
Pressed Egg Wrack Shadow Box
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  • Pressed Egg Wrack Shadow Box
  • Found Objects
Pressed Serrated Wrack and Gut Weed
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  • Pressed Serrated Wrack and Gut Weed
  • Found Objects
Pressed Red Rags
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  • Pressed Red Rags
  • Found Objects
Pressed Cock's Comb
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  • Pressed Cock's Comb
  • Found Objects
Pressed Serrated Kelp and Dulse
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  • Pressed Serrated Kelp and Dulse
  • Found Objects
Pressed Sugar Kelp
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  • Pressed Sugar Kelp
  • Found Objects
Pressed Dulse
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  • Pressed Dulse
  • Found Objects