Art and archaeology

Archaeological interpretation is subjective. I often find myself interpreting the actions of past peoples whose understanding of the world would have been fundamentally different to my own. In addition, the ways in which archaeology undertakes research and publication can themselves influence our 'visions' of the past.

Frequently I found myself trying to describe colour using greyscale pictures, discuss sound using written words, or communicate dynamic movement through still photography. Equally, archaeological fieldwork methods such as geophysics, survey, excavation and photography often require very specific kinds of engagement with the world in order to work. Dramatic landscapes or monuments are reduced to a grid of numbers when I use a tape measure, or become two dimensional and static when I take a photograph or draw a plan.

While I recognise that technical conventions are essential for documenting knowledge, could they also be juxtaposed against quite different approaches to revealing the past? It is in this spirit that I have experimented with landscape installations, audiovisual films, collage and abstract painting.

For further information, please click on the links below. I will be extending these introductions and adding projects in future updates.

 
 
 

Kilmartin Eye >

A landscape installation with views across the monuments of Kilmartin Glen commissioned by Kilmartin Museum, in collaboration with Steve Keeling.

 
 

Living Symbols of Kilmartin Glen >

A community art project and multimedia installation hosted by Kilmartin Museum, in collaboration with John Was.

 
 

Trans-scape Animation >

Further information will follow soon...

Instruments of Ritual >

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Carneddau : Stone >

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