The fantastic travelling exhibition of drawings from over 60 international artists opens in the Netherlands this weekend. I’m delighted to have my 6 pieces showing in it. Next stop, in the New Year – Scotland!
Exciting news! I am delighted to be working with Scottish Canals and seven other artists/groups to produce an artwork for the new Stockingfield Bridge project in Glasgow.
While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I lived on a houseboat at Applecross Basin, and have many fond memories of the canal and surroundings. It’s lovely to come back to this location to produce an artwork that is to be tied deeply to the place and its people.
With input from local community groups and others, I will be designing a ‘river of names’ to be installed on the towpath next to the canal. The names will be etched into granite slabs, using a variety of typefaces, lettering and alphabets.
If you have a connection with the local area and would like to suggest a name to be included in the ‘river’, please get in touch at the website below.
I had the pleasure of attending a workshop at Orains, recently, on the beautiful Argyll coast. This was a great opportunity to meet other artists, including Pieter who was our host, and to play around with new materials, techniques and ideas.
We had a wonderful range of materials and a great studio space at our disposal. I spent a day making paper frames, paper stages, and a miniature rough proscenium arch with hanging cloud, which I took out into the landscape.
I wanted to explore ways to ‘break the frame’ and move back and forth between abstracted/pictorial space and sculptural, figurative elements.
A second day I spent playing with different mediums – egg tempera, indigo and natural inks like elderberry juice and rhodendendron ink. Still exploring tensions between figurative elements and absraction, as ever.
I came back, in the end, to frames/doors and figures. Now looking forward to taking these thoughts back to the studio to see where they take me. I plan to make more prosceniums and place them in the landscape, perhaps considering how the figurative ‘wee clouds’ might interact with them.