SILENT STRUCTURES was funded by Creative Scotland with the aim of bringing together my visual work (video, photography and drawing), alongside composition/improvisation and sound art. Here is an extract:
My work focuses on two ancient monuments in Scotland which I felt represented geographical extremes: the hill-top fort Tap’o’Noth (dating from 2000BC), Aberdeenshire, and the partially subterranean Ousdale Broch (dating from 3000BC), in Caithness. Despite the challenges of living in these environments, civilisation clearly thrived and had an equilibrium with its surroundings. Resonances of this past are etched onto the Tap’o’Noth and Ousdale Broch through the walls, chambers, vitrified stone, cairns and pathways that remain.
My video work is a survey of each monument: through drawing, photography, filming, recording the environmental sound and weaving my own on-site improvisations into a soundscape, I recomposed each site for the viewer, drawing a charge from the stone structures and the cyclical nature of their surroundings. In addition to this I worked with cellist Robert Irvine of the RedNote ensemble in the studio adding a further layer to the improvised music.