(construction, mixed media, (rock, sand. shells, peat, 45cm x 40cm))
Again this work uses a grid system to present selected elements of a landscape in a stylised form. It is not just a “map” in two dimensions, but rather a three dimensional relief “model”, albeit a coarse representation of relative relief. The selected landscape elements form an west-east transect of a generalised Hebridean island.
The “model” is not just one of the physical environment, for the selected elements have deep cultural meaning and have been crucial components in the survival and livelihood of indigenous peoples for millennia.
To the west is the sea and the seashore with shell sand, seaweed or kelp, together the seaware that maintains fertility. Further east the sand rises in low dunes on which is developed the rich machair grasslands. Within the machair are the ploughed or dug fields where cultivation has mixed the sand with the seaweed and dung to form light easily worked pale brown soils. Low lying parts of the machair are covered by freshwater calcareous lochans surrounded by reed beds. To the east the land rises, any covering of sand is now decalcified, while outcrops of Lewisian Gneiss occur. Coarse mineral soils of limited fertility under upland moor and acid peat dominate the landscape. The peat lands are scarred by remnants of peat cutting and by dark bog pools and duhb lochan in depressions.
In spite of this complex environmental narrative it is hoped that he work is capable of standing alone and can be appreciated on purely aesthetic grounds.