I graduated in 1997 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a BDes (Hons) in Illustration and Printmaking. Since then, I have been employed by Perth College as a lecturer in art and design, and I recently completed an MA in Fine Art.
I describe myself as an eco-flâneur; as much of my inspiration comes from walking, stalking and absorbing the rural landscape around me in Perthshire, Scotland. I document my derives through this lush and layered landscape using a variety of approaches and a diverse range of media from drawing, painting and printmaking to lens-based media and poetry.
Inspired by the Romantic notion of the Sublime, my work explores the aspects of nature which are often terrifying yet contain a mesmerizing beauty. Viewing the overlooked or hidden details of the landscape through glass has been a recurring theme in my practice, one which brings me close to the natural world yet ironically keeps a barrier between us. Recently I have taken a more scientific approach in my practice, which has involved experiments with microbiology and the use of the microscopic lens to reveal the invisible layers of the palimpsestic landscape. Fragile fungi and flora are both stimulus and materials of choice with which I have formed a close relationship through the process of documenting, gathering, preserving and making. They often provide further layers of meaning to my work through the folklore, mythology and symbolism connected to them.
The imagery that I capture or create is often ambiguous or unsettling, alternating between the views of nature’s fragility and its force. Through the use of natural phenomena I aim to stimulate the viewer’s questioning of fantasy or reality and their own perception of the world around them.
In this sense, I consider myself as artist, alchemist and storyteller within the landscape and gallery.
Alkemy Art Studio Highside Main Street Bankfoot Perthshire PH14AB
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