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The 2022 Open Studios event will be taking place this year from Saturday 20 to Monday 29 August. The downloadable Open Studios 2022 Guide shows all the artists and venues that are taking part this year.

I will be exhibiting with Deborah Gray and Val Hamilton at The Rockfield Centre, Oban Venue 09.

Holding Space

Gooseberry jam or holding space – it’s about the same thing. The gooseberries are just about ready to go. The blackbirds have found the bushes, so they must be ripe, and I better get out there and pick gooseberries. Job done , jam made, the Berry Police won’t come and take me away.

It’s not about the finished article , it’s about the journey that it takes to get there. That’s what you will find in this Safe space, enjoy the journey with me.

I’ll leave the key for the safe at the reception in the Rockfield Centre.
If nobody is there, come upstairs and find me and I’ll give you the key.

Please lock the safe after you have been inside.

Back of the safe door with the Falkirk Coat of Arms and motto.
Tangite unum, tangita omnes.
(Touch one, touch all.)

‘Better meddle wi the De’il than the bairns o Falkirk’.

Adam’s improved fire resisting safe

Sole Space

Cherry Dancer

With this piece of cherry wood, I’m trying to bring out the harmony and the memory and the movement that’s all in the wood already.

I’ve recorded a story, (Cherry Dancer Story below), that brings out the same sort of feelings in me.

More info on Cherry Dancers on The Process page

Cherry Dancers in a box waiting to go to Rockfield
Cherry Dancer on the rock photograph by Rhona Dougall
Cherry Dancer Story

Ash Diver

Ash Diver

An ash tree fell down onto the shore and during the next storm a dead bird – a diver – got washed up behind it. A couple of years ago we started chopping this wood up and I started finding some interesting curves and shapes in the wood.

These pieces are a work in progress and are not for sale at the moment. I would like to take these shapes and make something much bigger that will reflect the diver and its life.

Ash Echoes

Myrtle

I have a SheilaTheShaper sculpture that sits upon my desk. Her name is Myrtle and she helps me think. She possesses landscapes of canyons, petals, fingerprints, skylines, deserts and, of course, tree. I hold her in my hand when I am thinking through it all, negotiating a contentious situation, exploring finger holds or otherwise stuck at a cold block cement wall in my mind. She fits there contentedly, within my palm, happy to unstick me and re-connect me. Myrtle is hewn by nature and in that, another helping hand.
Britt DGx

Waiting For Lignum Vitae

The elephant started his adventure on the bin lorry to the dump. Here it was picked up and thrown around by a JCB, before being run through the processor and chewed up a lot more. His adventure took him to the clamps where he nested in between 60 and 85 degrees centigrade for at least two or three months. He was discovered by a lone treasure hunter who saw the plight this poor elephant had found himself in and was then passed onto treasure hunter’s granny, who saw his inner beauty.

Lignum Vitae from Orkney
The Uncertain Elephant
Waiting For Lignum Vitae

The Echoes of Uninhabited Places

This is the biggest piece I’m working on; it’s hard to photograph.

In this piece I’m trying to capture the echoes of uninhabited places. If you throw a stone into a loch you can see the ripples spreading on the surface of the water; the memories and echoes of St. Kilda are like that to me. I was also thinking of the paths that are still visible on St. Kilda and the muscle memory that stays with us when we’ve been so used to doing something.

The audio fragment below came to me when I was thinking about this piece, after seeing an artwork by Brian McHendry.

You cannot see tham anymore

Photographs by Rhona Dougall

Sea Oak

This piece is about new life and caves, among other things. I found this piece of oak on the shore; it came from a boat originally. Have a listen to the recording to hear more about it.

Sea Oak Story

Photograph by Rhona Dougall

Gannet

This piece, made from laburnum, came from the memory I have of working on the Jean de la Lune and being up the mast, under the cliffs, at eye level with the gannets. The noise was extraordinary, and seeing them in formation was incredible.

Photographs by Rhona Dougall