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Week 3 Wednesday

A busy morning starting early making a series of rapid sketches of the start of the archaeological day collecting kit from the store. Tea break provided a chance for a pair of studies. Just before lunch there was the excitement […]

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Week 3, Monday

This ongoing residency requires a long view. The film I’m composing is not a final outcome. It’s a good way of collating my findings but I need to think beyond its development to wherever the project takes me. So while […]

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Week 2 Friday

I’m beginning to realise that my collection of material is extremely wide ranging and somewhat chaotic. The film that I’m making, by layering artwork and sound, will need a narrative.  Time to get working on a story board. There are […]

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Week 2 Thursday

A day of beginnings and near endings. Most of the volunteers were starting on extensions to Trenches T and X. The spoil heap for T is now mountainous. I recorded detailed sounds of mattocks, shovels and wheelbarrows to go with […]

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Week 2 Monday

The sun came out and shone all day. It was even hot enough to shed some of my many layers of clothing. Spirits were high on site and the dig got going in earnest. I spent the day at Trench […]

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Postcards

I have a collection of postcards built up over many years, of pictures which interest me. So I sort through them and pick out ones that seem connected to the embryonic ideas floating around my mind. Then I look at […]

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So ‘What’s next?’ is I wait a little

I also spend time thinking about how to break them up. Grinding up ceramic had seemed a relatively simple proposition. Breaking up pieces of metal presents more of a challenge to someone with a primary practice of performance and photography.

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What next?

So here are my artefacts, from which I have committed to make a new piece of work, by breaking them up to use as raw material. I read the letter to the artists that came with them and am a […]

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Week 1 Friday

Yesterday bad weather suspended the dig.  Today I am sitting in the Art Hut waiting for the rain to stop. Even if I could stand the wind, the paper in my sketchbook will suffer in the rain. There is a […]

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What’s inside?

So I open my parcel, in some trepidation. I am very excited. It’s come all that way! What’s it going to be? It’s Priority Mail, very well wrapped and I can’t get in. There’s a letter to the artist, which […]

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Making a piece of work for art/archaeology

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Day 3 on site

Rain and wind – enough to make most people want to stay indoors. Not at the Ness of Brodgar though, where both archaeologists and visitors are out in this weather to do and see the dig. Visitors are here briefly […]

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Day 2 on site

The weather is a little friendlier this morning and uncovering the site continues. This is an aspect I have already drawn and recorded. So I was looking forward to moving into the Art Hut and getting organised in my space […]

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First day back on site

This year’s residency is for the whole eight weeks of the dig. I am now thoroughly integrated into the workforce as an artist, and the archaeologists know what I’m trying to achieve. My aim for this season is to continue […]

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Things

I have a great interest in the things that I find in the field and many questions about them. Often questions about what my own interest in them is about and what for? In previous research my focus and impulse […]

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Field Notes

Everyday I visit a field behind my house. It sounds pretty dull I know. I began my encounter with this field in pretty much the expected manner, trudging along it, ticking off the daily task of walking the dog. It’s just a field but I’m sort of getting obsessed.

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The last day of my 2018 residency

The last day of this year’s dig and there were very few people left on site. Everyone is tired as they wind down from a rather intense season. My adrenaline is seeping away and it’s difficult to think clearly or […]

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Week 8, Thursday

Today saw all the trenches covered over with tarpaulins held down with tyres, to protect them until next season’s dig. It felt quite sad to see everything that has been revealed this year being hidden. But it has been an […]

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Week 8, Wednesday

Today was the last day that the site was open to the public. But while the last tours for visitors went round, the archaeologists were starting some serious covering up of the trenches. First with sandbags. Then tyres were rolled […]

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Week 8, Tuesday

A very different atmosphere this week all round. The weather is autumnal, i.e. cold and windy with occasional horizontal rain. Visitors are keen to engage with the Art Hut – maybe to shelter from the weather.  In the trenches it’s […]

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Week 8, Monday

In recovery after the Open Day, so assessed the collection of pigments. It would be good to complete my ‘picture’ but there are more pressing matters during this final week. Having said that, I find my playing with pigment becoming […]

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Open Day

A very busy day on site. I managed one drawing of some interaction outside the Finds Hut. Nearly 300 people visited the Art Hut. So, as I needed to be around, it seemed a good opportunity to play with pigments. […]

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Week 7 Thursday

Today is the last day for many on the dig. Tomorrow (Friday) will be a day off as Sunday is an Open Day. There is an air of closing down. Trenches are being cleaned rather than dug, and areas are […]

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