The weather kept the site closed all day so I used the time to get other things done. In the morning I went to the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall to measure up a small room, for an exhibition next year. I’m really looking forward to this because, not only is it an excuse to come back to Orkney next year, but it will be an opportunity for further interaction with the archaeologists on the Ness.
The afternoon was spent preparing some images for the small installation planned for the showcase on site.
Day 21 – my last day on site
It is quite a challenge to install work in a high wind. For most of the day I worked in my adopted studio, assembling as much as possible before braving the weather to put it all together. With some invaluable assistance, to reach the top shelf and to hold the door open against the wind, it was eventually completed.
The photograph is not great, because of the rain on the glass and the low light. But it would have been impossible to take a better one with the door open as the wind was blowing everything about. Nevertheless, there is now a small memento of my time on site, which will remain for the rest of this year’s dig.
During the lunch break I drew my final portrait. It has been most interesting to draw the archaeologists and record conversations with them as they sit. I look forward to putting the drawings and sound together when I get back to my home studio.
This is Andy, who has just taken over the supervision in Structure 8, as Catriona has left to start her new job.
There will now be a short intermission
This blog will resume when I begin to develop work from all the material collected during the last four weeks. It will take a while to collate and analyse what I’ve got – but I’ll be back soon.