Against the flow
Selected by the Clipperton Project to join with other artists on this voyage of discovery. Funded by the UHI Student Development Fund, for me this was a spiritual pilgrimage sailing against the prevailing wind and currents - retracing in reverse order the steps of St Boniface and eighth century monk and missionary , challenging me to go further and deeper into my own faith and art practices. Developing, by creation of art, my own spiritual values and insights in the context of the landscape, those I am journeying with and those I encounter on the way. Propelled around Scotland’s northern most islands by the wind and the currents, at the mercy of the elements, I was on a journey. Searching, looking for something, something beyond what I already knew. At the very edge of the country, in the remoteness, on the margins of the land I wondered at each landing place along the tide line. Collecting objects which caught my eye, weaving and knitting the organic objects together as is the tradition in these parts with fragments of plastic and nylon a by-product of the oil on which the economy of these islands depends. Displayed here in an assemblage, each item bought ashore by the Atlantic Ocean has its own significance as a symbol of what makes each one of us who we are.
Forty Feet of Clay
Formed from the earth, but cracked and vulnerable to being broken, these feet of clay draw attention to the hidden flaw of humanity - mans inability to love their fellow man.
forty feet - one foot formed for each day of lent - a period of self examination and reflection in preparation for the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus where symbolically good has triumphed over evil
Here lying in a heap abandoned in the corner of an outhouse, this symbol of pilgrimage, and of all things natural that keep us grounded in reality on which we stand or fall, questions our own spiritual progress.
At a time when the western world has seen millions of refugees tramping across Europe in search of a future for their families, amid the turmoil of civil war, this piece echoes the plight of Jewish refugees in wars past.
THE ACTUAL CLAY FEET ARE STILL AVAILIBLE TO MAKE A TEMPORARY INSTALLATION
"A great rock broke loose untouched by human hand and shattered the feet of clay... the stone grew to be a mountain covering the whole earth"
What future do we have?
Does our past choices affect our future?
Is it too late to change?
One in a Million
These have come from a much larger project involving 144 oaklings, and a giant acorn / bomb - the bomb is a bit battered now, but most of the oakilings still survive, you can read more about the project here