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Drawing in Collemacchia

I want to share some of the drawings I produced while in Collemacchia and reflect on the experience I had making them. I’ve been struggling with drawing for a while, it’s a vital part of my practice; I feel comfortable […]

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Slightly out of sorts

The August joint drawing session didn’t happen partly due to timetable pressure but also, with Greg unable to make it as he is so busy, I wasn’t feeling too great, though Joanna and I did make it to the park […]

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The Drawing Marathon – Week One

Last month, I went to the Royal Drawing School in London to take part in their 2 week Drawing Marathon. This experience was the core part of my Emergence Bursary from artist-network, Shape Arts and Disability Arts Online. This blog […]

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HOLDING THE FORT AND WHAT COMES NEXT

It was great to finally get the boulders installed at Holding The Fort*, but even though I had prepared myself that the work which had seemed so big in my studio would appear much smaller in its new context, it […]

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Week 7 Wednesday

Today saw the world premier of my film: ‘Ness of Brodgar 5th edit – work in progress’, which is around half the intended length of the film. It was shown on site, projected on to the wall of the barn […]

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Week 7 Tuesday

Last year and early this season I followed the history of Trench Y, which was meant to be a quick excavation to find the wall surrounding the Ness of Brodgar. They didn’t find the wall – just a few bits […]

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Week 6 Friday

Feedback is always good value.  At lunchtime I showed the current edit of my film to three supervisors who are leaving the dig today. As they are all experts in the field, I felt rather anxious and hoped there were […]

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Week 6 Thursday

No writing today as I spent most of the time on this small oil painting. It is of some unusual stones, which are due to be removed next week. Plus one drawing of work continuing around the drain. More tomorrow…

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Now Showing #306: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s recommended shows include multidisciplinary artist Aliyah Hussain’s feminist science fiction-influenced work at HOME, Manchester, plus a career spanning survey of Bridget Riley at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

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Week 5 Thursday

Today I have been contemplating timing in my relationship with archeology. Sometimes I’m in the right place at the right moment but unprepared. While at other times I am completely prepared but have to wait ages for the right moment. […]

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Week 5 Wednesday

A certain buzz associated with new discoveries on site today. Week 5 of the 8 weeks has been mentioned as the peak of the dig, and it certainly feels like it.  There is still time to explore before the pressure […]

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Week 5 Monday

On the necessity of decisions. Today one of the supervising archaeologists said this: If we are not making decisions we are not solving the problem. You have to take a decision when you are digging. If it is a correct […]

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Out of context

I’m about to start a new body of work. This is always an exciting time as I anticipate the journey ahead and what surprises it might bring. I’m currently preparing my surfaces – stretching, sealing and priming a number of […]

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