Artist Statement

 

‘Walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking’

Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit

It is this quote by Rebecca Solnit that underlines the nature of my creative practice. This body of work derives from experiences of walking around Ayrshire. I beat the bounds[1] around my home village of Ochiltree, documenting both the untouched land and my own installations in response to these places. Walking naturally encourages thought within me. From these walks I think about my experiences and translate this into my studio work. Thus begins the process of abstraction, taking from walks and breaking down the experiences to push through the process of Etching, Screen Print and sculpture. Each material process serves to articulate a journey.

Much like the physical act of walking, Printmaking lends its self to a steady rhythm by which to think and make. Imprinting mediums with my experiences (akin to literally imprinting a footprint) and repetition are integral to emphasising the nature of walking within my practice.  

The main idea I aim to express through my work a sense of fluctuating presence and absence where the senses of land is only tangible through the work. I aim to do this through directly referencing place through printmaking and suggesting space and light through sculpture.

Throughout this journey I make reference to the writings of Robert Smithson, specifically the concept of ‘site and non-site’ which separates the idea of working on the land from working in the studio. I am further influenced by Walter Benjamin’s idea of the ‘aura’. Whereby mediums such as printmaking capture the essence of an experience, acting as a metaphorical veil between us and the world which snaps the aura of an experience and forms it into something the viewer can approach and come to understand.

Essentially my practice is comprised of walking, thinking and making.

 

 

 



[1] The custom of beating the bounds goes back to the Anglo Saxon period. In the days before maps and written title deeds a knowledge of the physical boundaries of property was very important. So the custom grew up of walking the boundaries, stopping at intervals to strike boundary stones to ‘mark' the bounds.