Fragments of the Past
Standing stones are incredibly evocative objects, natural stones shaped by human hands thousands of years ago and yet surviving to the present day. Having studied Archaeology at Edinburgh University I worked as an archaeologist for 15 years, and this experience strongly informs my artwork. Recently I have worked with Historic Scotland on Big Draw Art projects and in 2015 my work 'Fragments' was displayed at the European Association of Archaeologists Conference.
These pictures are a response to recent visits to Gortyn in Crete, and Pompeii, Ostia and Herculaneum in Italy. In Crete I was intrigued by the relationship of the past with the present and the contrast between the vital growth of olive trees and the ruined relics of a past society. In the collograph prints I am exploring ancient Roman rooms, now empty of inhabitants, and the abstract qualities of their once intricate decoration. In 2018 I exhibited a selection of these works at Cambridge University's Museum of Classical Archaeology.