A 350-mile car journey and 7 hours later I arrive at Cove Park in the West coast of Scotland to begin a week-long artist residency.
The residency is an opportunity to experiment with printmaking inspired by the landscape and wildlife of Cove. I’ve taken EVERYTHING with me, including a printing press loaned from Attenborough Arts Centre and a selection of camera traps, a thermal camera, a pair of binoculars and a bat detector from Brackenhurst’s Nottingham Trent University.
After a week of exploring the area around Cove and Loch Lomond, I come away with a collection of monotype prints that explore the immediate landscape from the window of the studio and surrounding areas. A selection of images capturing roe deer at night and visuals that demonstrate the body heat of sheep, crows and even trees.
For this residency, I found that I was mostly influenced by the composition and colour of the surrounding landscape of the loch, harbor and Scottish borders (despite the heavy rain and wind!) and this can be seen in the collection of abstract monotype prints using drawing, painting, stencils, natural objects and layering colour.
During my time at Cove Park I also visited researcher Jana Jeglinski from the University of Glasgow to learn more about her studies into Northern Gannet population dynamics, and which colonies are the most attractive to teenage birds.
We plan to work together so that I can visualise this information, including the GPS tracking data in a creative way to share her research with a non-academic audience.
I plan on using the work created at Cove Park as a starting point for the artist residency as part of the AA2A programme at De Montfort University where I will explore printmaking and digital software to visualise sound, in particular wildlife and electroacoustic music between October – April 2018.