What is the strangest thing you have ever found on a beach?

  Walking the 4 miles along the beach  on the beach, ocean, wind, clay bluffs, insects. It’s hot and empty, an ocean facing wild beach that the day trippers and family beach parties ignore.   Evidence and artifacts lie everywhere but the people are far away, the arc of existence described by a million pointless objects. Decisions that were made elsewhere and long ago. GYRE, The piece I created for Reuse, Reinvent Reimagine started with the beachcombing ; the process of acquiring junk, trash, stuff to be sorted later.Walking along a beach, a place I call home at a time in my…

WASPS Artists and Makers Market,Glasgow – X-Burg: wearable art

X-burg is a new line of vintage collage jewellery  created from original designs that I developed while  living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1980’s. Varnished collages on aluminium and wood, the jewellery designs reflect the fractured, dynamic, sometimes dangerous culture of 1980’s NYC. Source materials include Mexican comic books, paper money, vintage stationary, postage stamps and newspapers. The jewellery designs in X-burg are directly inspired by my visual art practice. The archive of resources which I collected in NYC made the journey with me out of Williamsburg to my new Scottish home where I have continued to add to it…

WASPS Open Studios 2014

OCT 2014 – WASPS OPEN STUDIOS – part of GENERATION a nationwide celebration of the past 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland Throughout the month of October artists within Wasps’ Studios across Scotland will be providing visitors with a behind the scenes look at how they develop and make the high quality works on offer within Scotland’s galleries, museums and public spaces. The 2014 edition of Wasps Open Studios will include a specially devised programme of talks, events and workshops from well-known and emergent artists. OPEN STUDIOS – WEST PARK PLACE, DALRY, EDINBURGH 25th & 26th Oct 12 –…

A room of one’s own

For years I have had a recurring dream. I am alone in an old house (or is it a flat?).  With a dark central hallway and a number of closed doors  it feels haunted,  intimidating but also exciting and full of potential.  I think I have been here before.  Should I be here? I start to open doors into dark empty rooms. Bedroom? Living Room? I feel an odd sense of propriety – I would like to  live here – but also that somehow I am trespassing.  I walk into the kitchen which is large and old fashioned and hasnt been…

In my studio – prevaricating

Spending what feels like half my life in the studio these days – probably should be more than that given the show is only 6 weeks away….This weekend went to the Ambulance Depot to work out what kind of lighting I should use when there is 2D work and moving image in the same show. I was really lucky to be able to borrow lighting kit from Screen Academy and to have Drew on hand to run up and down a ladder but I am afraid I am no clearer….I need ‘lots of lights’ and then ‘no lights’ ? Really?…