My work is an embodied response to the outdoor landscapes I find myself in (natural or manmade). I make objects or installations using papier-mâché, clay, textiles, drawing, painting, and sound recordings. I often use found materials such as soil, plants, seeds, sheep’s wool, wood and animal bones - materials that left on site, will change, break down or grow, without harming or polluting the environment, but still leave a trace.
Capturing impermanent temporal aspects of a landscape, such as sound, as well as creating artworks that will decay over time, are recurring urges that reflect an interest in the cycles of life, and entropy. I walk the landscape to find inspiration – the body moving through, or feeling within, a place. I try to capture this visceral experience of awe or fear or comfort or any number of other emotions that might emerge, as well as use aspects of the place’s physical, material reality and return with them, like souvenirs from another land, to the art space.
Glasgow School of Art - BA Fine Art Environmental Art
North East Media - Prof. Qualification in Film /Video Production specialising in sound
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & RESIDENCIES
April 2023 Marchmont House Residency at Fogo Cottage
June 2022 EARTHBOUND
Commission with Kelburn Arts in the Never Ending Glen. Papier-mâché body casts impregnated with wild flower seeds designed to decompose and then flower in the landscape.
May 2022 A CLEARING IN THE FOREST
Commission from the Woodlands Trust at Loch Arkaig Community Forest - creating human proportioned figures from chunks of beech trees felled to conserve native forest.
June 2021 LIGHT GATHERERS
Film made in collaboration with dancer and filmmakers, Elain Kordys and Katrina Brown with 2 female residents of a care home – exploring landscape, movement and memory - Screen dance commission for Dance Base
Sept 2019 FELT/SLATE
Dance in the landscape film made on Easdale Island in Argyll with film maker Katrina McPherson.
June 2018 INLAND
Residency at Bressay Lighthouse with Shetland Arts. I entered and painted the 15 named lochs on the Island of Bressay.
July 2016 HAIRSHIRT
Felted raw sheep’s wool shirt worn for performance and exhibition in Guardia Sanframondi - Terra Viventas residency in Italy
Nov 2015 TIME IN THE SEA EATS ITS OWN TAIL
audio piece for Eilean Shona Podcast https://lightsoutlisteninggroup.wordpress.com/november-eilean-shona/
April 2015 FROM THE EAST digital image for ‘100 Flowers’ Art Collection for Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board,