[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column 0=""][vc_column_text] Exhibition at Timespan Helmsdale, Scotland 19th November 2016 to 5th February 2017 I am drawn to peatland by its qualities of seeming to be both nothing and everything, it has a quality of otherness. At first the bogland seems like there is nothing there, a wet dessert. On looking close, you see the multitude of intertwined plant life and the quiet workings of sphagnum. Timespan commissioned me to make a peat wall drawing for the exhibition A Layered Land, an exhibition about the peatland for which this area is renown.   For this I responded to the space, the subject and the location by making a wall piece, floor to ceiling, 3m high by 0.8 m wide with embedded text, in Latin, of 12 of the common plants found in the peatland around Helmsdale. This is made from building up many thin layers of peat which are applied directly to the gallery wall.     The work in the exhibition also includes screenprints which are made using peat as the ink as well as the subject matter, one piece consists of individual sphagnum drawings sceenprinted onto small found glass shelves.   Another work is a series of twelve small square wooden boards each with built up of layers of peat combined with gold leaf abstract forms influenced by the marks left on the peatland from peatcutting.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column 0=""][vc_column_text] Liminal / Cupar Arts Festival Cupar, Scotland June 2016 Step into another world Peatland is a place of transition, it was a liminal space for our ancestors who placed offerings of gold, weapons and tools in the mysterious bog. I am interested in increasing awareness of the raised bog habitat near Cupar. This particular habitat is typical of lowland areas and used to cover a large expanse in central Scotland along the river Tay. It was up to 10m above the surrounding level of the landscape and was cleared in the 18th century. Peatland is very good as a filter, removing many pollutants from water and is really important as a carbon store. The central belt of Scotland has one of the most significant concentrations of surviving raised bog in Western Europe. This piece ‘step into another world’ was an immersive installation in a large room in the County Buildings in Cupar. Visitors walked around a hanging quadrat above a peat soaked cloth 2m by 2m with a woven quadrat, 1m by 1m in front and each piece only used the plants from that particular habitat. The quadrat is used by botanists to identify all plants within a square placed on the ground. As part of the Cupar Arts Festival 2016, Jenny Messenger and I chat about my work on the festival blog       Raised bog habitat plants used Calluna vulgaris - Heather Erica tetralix - Cross-leaved Heath Eriophorum angustifolium - Common Cottongrass / Bog cotton Sphagnum papillossum - Sphagnum moss Eriophorum vaginatum - Hare’s-tail Cottongrass / Bog cotton Sphagnum capillifolium - Sphagnum moss Sphagnum tenellum - Sphagnum moss Nardus stricta - Mat-grass Myrica gale - Bog-myrtle Narthecium ossifragum - Bog Asphodel Trichophorum cespitosum - Deergrass Polytrichum commune - Hair moss Molinia caerulea - Purple Moor-grass Juncus effusus - Soft Rush Racomitrium lanuginosum - Woolly Fringe-moss Sphagnum cuspidatum - Sphagnum moss Rhytidiadelphus loreus - Little Shaggy-moss Hypnum juntlandicum - Heath Plait-moss   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row 0="" css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=""] Vassen Susar Exhibition - Finland at Korpoström and Kuusisto Art Manor, March to August 2016 Vassen Susar | Ruovikko suhisee |The Whispering Reeds     This exhibition arose out of a residency at the Saari residency where six artists, four Finnish and two Scottish, worked together and researched the impact and problems of common reed, Phragmites australis, in Finland. In Finland reed, Phragmites australis, has become a problem, an invasive species which is forming dense thickets around the islands as well as inland. We need to listen to the voice of the reed. It is telling us that things are out of balance. This installation is designed to experience common reed in a new way, encouraging you to ‘hear the reed's voice'. These delicate weavings, made using the leaves of the reed, are an expression of the inter twinning of life, of the bond between people and the reed. As part of the exhibition at Kuusisto Art Manor near Turku, I was in residence making work in response to the surroundings.  My workshop was in the old barn, which was situated in a wooded, mossy space.  Spending time on bike rides through this landscape informed and fed into the work that emerged.  Mosquitoes!     [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column 0=""][vc_column_text] Flora residency at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre and Footfall exhibition 15 January to 12 March 2016 This is part of the overall flora project organised by Oriel Davies, culminating in an exhibition in Aberystwyth Arts Centre 12 July to 17 Sept 2016   Llantarnam Loafers,  St Dials Slippers and  Blaenavon Boots We physically engage with the land through our feet and the places we walk have echoes of past footfall On my first visit to Cwmbran I noticed a sweet wrapper folded neatly and placed in the bush so that at first sight it seemed like a flower. This reflected ideas I was interested in exploring with this residency; our relationship with the natural world within the new town context and thinking about our conscious and unconscious daily interactions with the plants around us. During this residency I set out to find different habitats and unnoticed plant communities in and around Cwmbran. I asked myself - How do I embody a particular landscape habitat in a made object? How do I express the historical layers inherent within a landscape? What can I get done within the limited time? I decided that I would make a series of ‘habitat footprints’ reflecting distinctive areas in and around Cwmbran. Habitat - The place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows. Flora produced three interconnected publications for the whole project available from their website.            [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...