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Watching the winter skies

Watching the winter skies

  At this time of year in Orkney the light fades so fast it seems to start getting dark just after lunch. As the Winter Solstice draws near we’re switching lights on by 3.30pm. By 4 o’clock in the afternoon the windows have become black mirrors. We draw the...
ORKNEY SHORE

ORKNEY SHORE

The natural environment of Orkney is strongly influencing my recent work, particularly the constant, dynamic movement of water and weather. I am thinking a lot about what it means to live on an island surrounded by the wide sea horizon, and experiencing that as a kind...
THE STOOR WORM

THE STOOR WORM

The stoor worm, or Mester Stoor Worm, was a gigantic evil sea serpent of Orcadian folklore. When the Stoor Worm was finally killed, as it died its teeth fell out to become the islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes, and its body became Iceland. The Stoor Worm,...
THE RIVER

THE RIVER

Pigment ink on paper, 4000mm x 1800mm, 2015-2018. The River is a large-scale drawing that developed slowly over several years, between 2015 and 2018. The idea for it began when I was on a winter residency at Timespan, in Helmsdale where my accommodation overlooked the...
THE LISTENERS

THE LISTENERS

“The Listeners” is a series of drawings in gesso, graphite, and pigment ink on plywood or Arches paper, 2018 – 2019. When I was working on my book manuscript, “The Clearing”, I was thinking and writing about how radio waves are essentially of the same nature as...
WAKE

WAKE

Paper, 84cm x 2200cm, 2013. This work on paper was created for an exhibition in Tasmania in 2013. ‘Felt Presence’ explored artists responses to the stories of female convicts transported to the penal colony of Van Diemens’ Land in the 19th...

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