In the journey of art making what lies across the pathways and the material traces that the journeys carry has enabled me to pursue my relationships with place, community, politics, the family. From my body of work emerge the projects which shape my story. In a project with the Edinburgh Printmakers and St Columba’s Hospice, ‘Time is all around’ December 2016, I created a multimedia piece of work ‘In Absentia’ incorporating video, audio and print which explores narratives of grief and absence.
Wandering through the State museum in St Petersburg Russia I investigate journeys and journeying in the film Hermitage 2012 which I made for my youtube channel ‘Tricks of Vision’ included in the exhibition ‘A walk along the Fontanka’ [screenprints and paintings]. ‘My wandering feet have led me through far plains and valleys; I have strayed this way and that’ [Omar Khayaam]
Throughout my career I have been interested in deconstruction: the family narrative and political engagement. We were known as ‘children of the revolution’ or ‘red diaper babies’. The screenprint project on canvas ‘red diaper’ 2004 and an 8 page booklet comments on themes of identity and relationship: ‘Red is the colour of politics, the Party, passion and commitment’
Using my photographic images enabled me to establish my screenprint portraiture series About Face [2003-present] about folk with well kent faces and things to say. It was a pivotal moment. Painting continues to be central to my work, from my early series ‘Peopled landscapes’ to my current series ‘We are the people'.
Pictured: keep looking babe, 40x40, oil on canvas (in private collection)