I live and work on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland - a speck amidst a chain of islands on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
To dwell in such a place, where the forces and cycles of nature are extreme, is both inspiring and humbling. Nature here is dictator, rhythm setter and provider despite our technological advancements.
I work creatively with natural phenomena, taking my inspiration from the complexity, strength and beauty of the oceans and wild lands.
Appreciating the knowledge, skills and culture of the people who dwell in these places is part of this process. However, my work is from the perspective that humans are not central but merely part of these naturally occurring systems and cycles that are complex, integrated and vast.
My wind drawings are the result of a collaboration between the wind, a simple apparatus and myself. Each wind drawing is unique and captures wind data over a period of several hours. The backdrop to this process is the Shipping Forecast, established by Captain Fitzroy 150 years ago and still saving lives today. The wind drawing titles, therefore, refer to the Shipping Forecast for the day on which the drawing was made.
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