I live and work in Glasgow and have a 1st class BA(hons) from Glasgow School of Art. I completed a Master of Fine Arts (studio) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. I have previous degrees in the social sciences, including an MA(hons) in sociology and social and economic history from the University of Edinburgh.
In 2013 I completed a PhD in interdisciplinary arts practice from the University of the Highlands and Islands/ University of Aberdeen, sponsored by the Forestry Commission, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands. This PhD explored some of the forest of the North of Scotland, more specifically Abernethy Forest, and Culbin and the forests of Morayshire, and how we come to know them. Drawing on contemporary art history and practice, human geography and anthropology in particular, and with a (walking) ethnographic element feeding into my arts practice, the PhD is entitled In the forest, field and studio: art/ making/ methodology and the more-than-written in the rendering of place
My creative practice is ideas and research-led and fuses traditional and digital printmaking techniques, photography, bookmaking, video and sound, 3-dimensional work, installation, and creative non-fiction. My work is often about how we are located (and locate ourselves) in the world, notions of space and place and absence or subtle presence and ideas of belonging. I continue to make work about the highlands of Scotland.
I am a Lecturer in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Glasgow School of Art. For my staff profile, see here
GSA STAFF PROFILE
A more up to date list of my research, exhibitions and other outputs can be found here:
A Scots Dictionary of Nature
Freight Books will be publishing my first book A Scots Dictionary of Nature in June 1017. This book is based on an earlier series of artist's books dictionaries of stede. These are Dictionaries of Place and seek to explore the language of old Scots in describing how we come to know place and how we move within it.
A lot of art works in the realm of metaphor, and there’s a beautiful poetry, but also a prosaic unsentimentality in some of the old Scots words that we have lost, and this book seeks to re-find and reclaim them.
March 2017 Writing: in darkness there are no landmarks
Delighted to say that my essay in darkness there are no landmarks has been long listed for the 2017 Notting Hill Editions Essay prize
A lovely collaboration with Elizabeth Reeder, where I have contributed to her collection of essays through design and imagery. One year is an excerpt from the collection direction is the moment you choose
Being within intense times of illness and death is an experience many of us share, and the essays in one year give entrance to a time of living grief when we are completely, almost obsessively within the smaller world of illness, family and crisis, and yet, also, functioning as individuals, friends, and lovers in the wider world. one year is taken from the manuscript of Reeder’s full collection of hybrid/lyric essays, direction is the moment you choose, and presents a year of living in the places that flourish between life and death, where living is elegy: half poetry, half inevitable narrative.
Reading and Exhibiting Nature Conference
University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, London, 7 - 9th February 2014
Just presented a paper 'becoming art in a becoming forest' at this really interesting multi-disciplinary conference examining how nature is being understood in contemporary cultural and artistic production.
IMPRINT - The quarterly journal of the Print Council of Australia
Jan Davis has written a great report on September 2013's Impact8 International Print Conference which was held at the University of Dundee, for IMPRINT magazine (Vol. 48 No. 4), which is the journal of the Australian Print Council. Jan talks about some of my work, and the paper I presented at that conference. It's a really nice journal about printmaking. A link to Imprint's website: IMPRINT
I've work in an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh: 8th November 2013 - 26 January 2014, organised by the lovely Cape Farewell folk.
I'll be presenting a paper at the Impact8 International Printmaking Conference: a celebration of interdiscipliniarity and exploration through the medium of print @ the University of Dundee, Scotland, from the 28th August - 1st September 2013. More info. about the conference here:
The Geographical Review
I will have an article based on elements of my PhD research in a special issue of The Geographical Review looking at geographically oriented creative expressions, and edited by Sallie Marston and Sarah de Leeuw, coming out in 2013
Glasgow Women's Library, 21 Revolutions
Glasgow Women's Library is celebrating 21 years and I am one of the 21 women artists to create an edition of prints, inspired by the items and artefacts from GWL, to mark the occasion. The group show takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow from 22nd September - 13th October 2012, details as follows:
21 Revolutions CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
I have an article in the latest Performance Research journal: 17:4 On Ecology
Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Ontario, Canada
I'm presenting a paper on 'The Making of Place' at the above conference, which is taking place at Wilfred Laurier University/ University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, May 28th - June 2nd
DRAWING OUT CONFERENCE, London, March 2012
I'm presenting a paper entitled Walking as Markmaking at DRAWING OUT: 2012: a transdisciplinary conference and collaboration between RMIT Melbourne & The University of the Arts London, taking place at the National Gallery, Chelsea College of Art and Wimbledon College of Art, 28th - 30th March 2012.
A Dissimulation of Birds - investigations of birdsong and place
I've been involved in a joint project with another artist and philosopher, and anscientist. Funded by Edinburgh Beltane via ASCUS - a group dedicated to setting up art/science collaborative projects - and with an end point in the realm of public engagement, the project uses scientific and artistic approaches to birdsong to investigate place and spatiality, and the communication of such information.
The exhibition accompanying the project is on at ASCUS, Unit 34, St James Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland until the end of February - 10am - 6pm except Tuesdays...
The blog accompanying the Project can be found at
a dissimulation of birds
Sensory Worlds: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory
The video Craws 1 will be shown as part of this conference, which runs in Edinburgh, 7th - 10th December, at the InSpace multimedia lab, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB
The Ashden Directory
I was recently invited to contribute to the Ashden Directory's New Metaphors for Sustainability: metaphors for the continuation of life, and my entry can be found here
The Directory and blog is a great source for information about environmentalism and sustainability and the arts
Over the last decade, Cape Farewell has been exploring cultural responses to climate change drawing together artists, scientists, cultural theorists, writers and others in a series of expeditions, conversations and different outcomes. This year's Scottish expedition is around the Inner and Outer Hebrides, and I have been delighted to have taken part, sailing on the leg from Skye, via Canna, Mingulay, Vatarsay and Barra to South Uist. Details of the expedition, as well as a blog can be found at Cape Farewell Scottish Expedition 2011
Spaces+Places: Visioning McLuhan@100 exhibition
THE WORLD AS TEXT
One of my installations and books is included in a summer reading room, at the Centre for Book and Paper arts in Chicago: the world as text
June 16th - August 12th 2011
Centre for Book and Paper Arts
1104 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60605 USA
A wheen o' timmer
A bridal o' craws
A solo show at the Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, 30th March - 7th April 2011, opening 30/4/11, 5pm - 7pm
Working creatively with sound and image...
... a collaborative interdisciplinary learning workshop for researchers took place at Dundee Contemporary Arts in November 2010. This 5 day practice-based experimental methodologies workshop involved 10 artists, film-makers and experimental geographers - we'll be producing an on-line Creative Practice Primer...
new works and works in progress
Moray College, Elgin
Opens on the 15th October 2010
Experimentations in Geography: see-hear-make-do
In May 2010 I'll be participating in an international symposium and workshop at the University of Edinburgh, "A week-long training workshop dedicated to developing a diverse range of craft skills associated with audio, visual and site-specific methodologies..." Organised by Michael Gallacher at the University of Edinburgh, it will It will involve hands-on practical workshops led by leading academics and creative practitioners from the sonic and visual arts.
Fabric Of the Land
A series of digital prints, "haste can do nothing with these hills" in a show looking at the links between art and the geology of Scotland
University of Aberdeen
Royal Scottish Academy
an etching in RSA's Spring Open, 2009: Small scale works by contemporary artists and architects
The Mound, Edinburgh 18th April - 20th May
Case-by-case basis @ Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago
Work in Case-by-Case basis, a print and mixed media show which opens 6th March at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, 1545 W. Division 2nd floor Chicago,IL 60642
Untitled (fieldwork) @ O'Connor Art Gallery
I've work in an interesting group show at Dominican University's O'Connor Art Gallery
January 28 - February 28, 2009
Wednesday, January 28
4-8pm (extended opening!)
"Exhibiting artists include emerging and established internationally recognized and Chicago-based artists: Conrad Bakker, Jason Lazarus, The Franks, Nicholas Frank, Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson, Carrie Schneider, Carey Lin and Andrew Coppersmith
The exhibition features work that explores the social, political and emotional being of the artist. While some works meditate on material and existential aspects of a committed practice, others comment on the art world itself."
The O'Connor Art Gallery is located 7900 West Division, River Forest, Illinois.
link to the gallery website is: www.dom.edu/departments/artDepartment/g?
press release about the show:
Arts Trust of Scotland Award
Delighted to say I've been awarded a grant from the Arts Trust of Scotland to attend a Banff Arts Centre masterclass in January 2009
Banff Arts Centre Masterclass
In January/ February 2009 I'll be at the Banff Arts Centre, Canada attending a 7 week Masterclass - 'Road Show: Travels of the Artist' led by artist, writer and curator Ken Lum
Ox-bow School of Art & Artist residency
September - October 2008 I was on a three week residency at Ox-bow, in Saugatuck, Michigan, USA
Several Landscapes @ Western Exhibitions, Chicago
Two of my prints are in a great group show at Western Exhibitions, 5th July - 16th August 2008, with a reception on the 12th July, 6-9.
MFA thesis exhibition
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Gallery 2 and Project Space
847 W Jackson
2nd & 3rd floor
Chicago, Il, 60607
April 25th - May 16th 2008
Exhibition hours; Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
Extended viewing; April 30th & May 16th, 11am - 9pm
April 25th 2008, 9pm - 11pm