Stillness and silence in a noisy world

Stillness and silence in a noisy world

I made this little video SINK two years ago. It was right at the start of that first COVID lockdown that so abruptly collapsed the external structures of our lives and showed us just how fragile it all was. It’s a piece about silence and learning to be still, made in...
When the Grass Dances

When the Grass Dances

If you have ever been to Orkney you will know it is a landscape dominated by grassland. With few trees here, it’s the shimmering of grass that marks the movement of wind and sun, and its growth and decay colours the changing seasons. Modern farming methods mean that...
What colour is water?

What colour is water?

  What colour is water anyway? I can’t quite get it right in the studio. I can’t quite name it in writing either. The loch is black is dull grey is purple-brown is warm brown is black is mist is grey is white is clear is invisible. The sea is...
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...
NORTHERN LIGHT

NORTHERN LIGHT

Video with sound, 2015. A short film about light, water, and electromagnetic activity in the upper atmosphere, made while on a residency at Timespan, Helmsdale, winter 2015. ALL...
DARK MATTER

DARK MATTER

During a residency at Timespan in Helmsdale between January and March 2015, I developed a body of work that embraced the darkness of the Northern winter. At the time, I wrote: “Dark matters. Winter at 58º North is a good time and place to think about this, about what...

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