Many thanks to all who contributed to my degree show.
The exhibition is being held from 12th June – 20th June at Moray School of Art, Moray Street, Elgin IV30 1JJ.
Open 10am – 8pm daily.
Also, I am pleased to announce that this year I am a recipient of the RSA John Kinross Travel Scholarship to Florence and also the Society of Scottish Artists Invited Graduate award.
I have a friend who is a sex therapist. He has worked in many places. He informed me that the North-East of Scotland is more sexually repressed that Bible-Belt US. My thoughts wandered. Cerebrally, I took a jaunt through the history of sexual repression and peered at other cultures who seem to have avoided the suffocating effects of a life of continual self-repression, like the Balkan people who still use sex magic and ritual as a part of everyday life. What if Elgin, my hometown, had avoided the repressive Victorian values and looked at sex as the special, mystical and vital thing it is. How could that have happened? The High Priestess is the myth I wish we had. The wild woman in the woods guiding our dionysian urges and letting us know, it’s OK to be sexual. The moralistic voice telling us that relationships take work and true love is not always what we thought it was. She is the symbol of truth in what appears as a very confusing world and as Guy Debord said ‘In a world which is truly topsy turvy; the truth is a moment of false.’
Exhibited at Nairn Book & Arts Festival: New Highland Contemporaries 2014
Aye Inspired: Aberdeen,East Kilbride, Summerhall Edinburgh and Oldmeldrum Summer 2014
Freudian Slip: IG:LU, Inverness Autumn 2014
During the Summer of 2013, whilst interested in psychogeography, I followed a couple of parkour practioners around their (and my) home town of Elgin. Parkour came almost directly out of the Situationist International movement which developed the idea of psychogeography as a way to conceptualise the city in alternative ways. Parkour perfectly demonstrates this activity by allowing the practioner to traverse the city in ways unknown before and gain a special insight into the way the city is formed.
The couple I followed became of more interest to me. Their relationship was one of teacher and student yet the couple had a child together. A family born out of parkour. Like the gypsies travellers or counter-culture hippies, this small group had a unique perspective of the city and the way to live their own lives within it.
Their motivation was not to get from A to B; from house to shop to work to shop to home. Their paths were dictated by challenges, self propelled or from their peers. The challenge to move and bounce between buildings, reach roofs never reached and leap from wall to wall. As the couple flipped and climbed on the top floor of the old tesco’s car park, they took it in turns to watch their son who tottered under the open sky. This child was to grow up with buildings as his climbing frame.
Photography on vinyl. Exhibited at IG:LU September 2013