I came to the Bothy on a palanquin of Quorn, wine and Pepto-Bismol, and without a single retainer, to hunt. I had been told that there were many new species as yet unknown to science endemic in the Cairngorms; that they were invitingly slow, and easy for amateurs to track. I had come to pick off individuals for my collection, truss them for display, and to spirit them back down into England.
Lichen/ Arrow Rainbow/ River Wood Axe/ Green Blue Orange/ Yellow Crystal Moon Cloud/ Light Picture Fire Cauldron/ Sauna Water Dishes Matches/ Toilet Paper Pee Moss Trees Heather/ Witches Juniper berries Stars Mountains
TIME EXPERIENCE: No clock...no forced Greenwich Time...but inner time experience which gave me concentration, enthusiasm and lucidity.
Thank you Bothy Project! Thanks especially to Rachel & Bobby and Nicole & Matt. Two filmmakers with no electricity going back to the roots of storytelling - what a wonderful & unforgettable time!
"Two Geese, Pervert"/ This week I slept with axes./ Thought about asses./ Fuelled the fire and buttered my bread./ I'm probably a romantic because your foot and my calf feel like a Matisse.
Crisp frost adorns the crunching heather./ Moonlight brightens, illuminating every patch of frozen ground, every bare branch./ The night sky, above this small shelter, this haven of home, sheltering us from the brisk cold and wailing winds./ A crackling hearth, the warmth of a wood/ fuelled fire, simple comfort and protection from natural elements we are rarely so exposed to./ The River Spey lies beneath us, its roaring crescendo-ing cacophony of continuous water./ Winding its way down from the hills above through this striking and interwoven patchwork landscape/ of tree roots, thawing cold soil, grass and gravel and heather and rock.
On Sat 14th of March it was a ridiculously sunny day. I was excited to start my residency at the bothy and get off grid. I arrived at Inshriach farm where I was warmly welcomed by Walter and some canine pals. I knew it was going to be a good week.
I've come back to the world of the city. You see I spent a week in 'Narnia'. I've even been reading about the adventures of the Moomins and channelling Tove Jansson! There were 2 days where I didn't see or speak to any other human and the only time I used my voice was when I was joyfully singing along to the radio. I asked myself the day I came home and felt overwhelmed by the heat, the noise and the light:
In November 2014 I undertook a residency at the Inshriach Bothy for one week. through mixed media drawing, photography and found object I used the time as a source of exploration into the subject of experiencing place.