While we are fed images of the ‘perfect body’ on a daily basis I think it is right to emphasise that in the end we are all just skin, bone, hair and fat. These photos were made to explore the human body as it is, in a very matter of fact way without reference to ugliness or beauty. This was my starting point for Premaruupa and a celebration of all things ‘imperfect’. See projects.
A series of studies in film of our relationship with mementos this film related to my own memento of my father. Given by me as a child to my father for his Birthday, and carried by him for many years before he died. The process was like getting to know more about him through an adults eyes. The film plays with time reinstating something as was then bringing it back to the present.
In the Reading room of the Scottish National Gallery are a hypnotic set of plaster casts based on Victorian ideas of phrenology and how facial features can be read to reveal the character of the person. It brings up all sorts of questions about how we judge a person according to look, and the labels we attach to people.
It was interesting how, in the life plaster casts made, some models were resisting ( Male Typical Celtic) and others placid and compliant. Nothing much seemed to faze ‘female extreme cunning’!
A collaboration between myself and poet/ writer./ artist Maureen Sangster . A country lane near my home was the stomping ground of generations of young people and children all who left their marks on the trees. These form a timeline from 1948 onwards. The visuals were taken and edited by myself and the poem produced in response to the place and my images by Maureen. This film was shown in Cupar Arts Festival 2010 in The Silo and on Cupar Bandstand, as well as Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews 2011.
The Cupar Silo 2010
World War 2 bunkers sited near to Elie, Fife visited by generations who have left their marks scratched into the walls. Click on any image to start Gallery
Linked to film Two Tribes , a montage of archive materials. This can be accessed through this link and contact Artist for password. Private video at present therefore only available on request.
Of particular interest to me is our relationship with certain types of objects, in particular mementos, studying both my own and others . The following study in film and photography, looked at one persons relationship with a piano left by her mother. The relationship with the object reveals itself as similarly ambivalent and complex as was the individual’s relationship with her mother. Click on any image to start Gallery.