I spent the much of the week in Inshraich constructing, erecting and recording Aeolian harps, designed to be easily carried and assembled on site. Aeolian harps are ancient Greek stringed instruments that are played by the natural force of air movement rather than being plucked by hand. The duration and dynamic of sound that the harp makes is determined by the direction and force of the wind. Beth spent the week documenting the surrounding landscape with its moss coated trails, trees, and rocks coated with lichen. Beth’s work is drawn from a strong connection with the Scottish landscape and she was working towards her solo show at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.
The John Watson Prize is awarded annually to a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) by the John Watson Club in association with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The building which now houses the Gallery of Modern Art (One) was, until 1975, the John Watson School. The prize has been in existence since 1991 and previous winners have included artists Stephanie Mann, Paul Chiappe and Jonathan Owen. The winner receives a medal and the opportunity to display their work within the gallery.
Days at the Bothy: Before coming on the residency, I had looked at the history of the island and made a character and had a loose story to work on. My character is that of an old lady, the legendary sole survivor of the alleged massacre of the entire islands population down at the massacre cave somewhere between 1520 - 1560. I am working on this animation with my partner, Bryn.In our story, the character of the old lady is still alive today and wandering the island in loneliness, collecting rubbish and bones for her croft.
B: Birthe Jorgensen and her collaborators M: Michael Barr, C: Conor Cooke and E: Emil Lillo