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Caithness Portholes, 2011

A concept for a site specific installation at the derelict St Mary’s Church in Lybster, Caithness, Scotland. Elements of the proposed installation, in the form of objects, light and sound, were shown at ‘Crossover: Material Exchange’ at the Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon in 2011 to accompany the BeCON conference at which I presented a paper: ‘Experiencing Place: Engaging the Audience’. An essay on my the process is published in ‘Materials and Interior Design’, edited by Rachel Brown and Lorraine Farrelly 2012.

Caithness Portholes draws on my experience during a residency at Northlands Glass (now Northlands Creative) in 2011. We were asked to consider artistic responses to the derelict church of St Mary’s in this small fishing village. I created a variety of objects and soundscapes and a concept for a walk through installation of glass curtains inspired by the architecture of the church, the histories of the people of the village, particularly the herring industry and the close historical relationship of the sea to the community.

I collected stories from the locals, learnt to make fishing net and then moving into a material context, worked with glass, using the colours and movement of the coast and sea to form the basis for experimentations in creating curtains to encourage people through the space of the church to be immersed in the stories of the sea. The installation was never realised, and St Mary’s has sadly now been sold to developers.

Caithness Portholes -

The stories of herring fishing

Glass Curtain Sample

Glass Curtain Sample

A hanging net in an empty church …

Inspiration

Inspiration

Found in the landscape ….

Inspiration

Inspiration

Found in the his (her) stories of the people