Outer Spaces at The Scottish Gallery
“Why should anyone bother to be interested in peat bogs and mires in general? They are not places where people have ever been notably comfortable. Indeed, in various ways our civilisation finds them very alien indeed. They are remarkably inaccessible, sometimes difficult to traverse on foot and always presenting obstacles to wheeled vehicles. They used to have a reputation for harbouring disease, and certainly the fen-men of former centuries were far from healthy.”
Dr Hugh A.P Ingram, University of Dundee
CAB International 1997
Why indeed? The Flow Country covering Caithness and Sutherland is thought to be the largest area of blanket bog in the world and is as far away from where I grew up in Kent as it could be, without leaving the mainland, but it is a place in the world I feel very connected to. Since my first trip in 2008 to attend a Masterclass at North Lands Creative Glass I’ve returned to this area one or twice a year, enticed by the huge land and sea scapes enhanced by the northerly light. It is a region that is the polar opposite, in terms of compass and landscape, to where I now live in rural Dumfries and Galloway. I love these contrasts.
In 2015 I was invited on a residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness by residency officer Karlyn Sutherland and owner William Wilson. It was a pilot project investigating artists working with the Environmental Research Institute based at Thurso. It was here I got to delve deeper into The Flow Country and learn about the impact of renewable energy on local Scottish wildlife especially the sea bird population.
Open Project Funding from Creative Scotland
I was supported by Creative Scotland to create larger scale works, the grant enabled me to buy a larger size flatbed diamond grinder and gave me time in the studio to create a large body of work for my first solo show.
Please follow the link for the collection of work - Outer Spaces at The Scottish Gallery