Islands

Each time I take the ferry to Arran there’s the feeling of a perfect 40 minutes. When the weather permits I sit on deck and watch it grow or diminish in size depending on the journey. There’s a point where the whole island seems encompassed in my gaze, ready to be framed in a photograph: manageable; a feeling quickly dispelled once on land.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am back on Arran to begin the process of creating a new artwork for which there’s so much to figure out! From a distance anything looks possible: islands distilled to their outline, flat Pladda or Ailsa Craig’s impossible bump rising from the water. Up close in my ‘glade’ however “No ant is too small to fail to deserve our attention, no microbe too hard to understand, no fungus too obscure…”  Richard Fortey

If you’d like to see how it’s going, there’s my blog: Nature of Change

Also, if you’re heading north in May, you might want to check out another island project: Julia Barton – both excellent artist and good friend – will be working on Isle Martin, the biggest of the Summer Isles in Loch Broom, her blog is titled: Littoral Art Project

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