My art practice is an enquiry into the Scottish landscape, connecting specific aspects of archaeological and industrial knowledge by looking at the varied and forgotten legacies, tales and manipulations of the environment. It deconstructs conventional images of the Scottish landscape, often romanticised as wild, untouched and separate from modernity and devoid of human influence, by eroding the binary categorisation of how we understand nature and technology.
Existing in-between fact and fiction, ancient and modern, my practice is speculative creating a permeable membrane that allows for slippage in and out of time periods by examining the anthroposphere (the part of the environment made or modified by humans). I explore these overlapping relations using methods associated with psycho-geography, such as ‘drifting’ and ‘playfulness’, by embedding myself within the landscape to connect with unseen and intangible temporalities and histories. These findings are expressed through multi-media sound that uses a mixture of archaeoacoustics, acoustic ecology, archival sound, and installations in specific landscapes. I extract materials that exist within the immediate landscape, experimenting with layers of time by referencing artifacts found, structures that exist and those yet to be created using prefabricated industrial and scrap materials. The false and complex dichotomy of nature and technology that informs my research is reflected in my choice of materials that sit on the cusp, opposing and mirroring each other, blurring the lines between organic and synthesised, femme and industrial, escaping categorisation and occupying realms of speculation.