I spent the month of October, 2016 in The Shetland Islands, Scotland, and stayed in the town of Scalloway at The Booth, an artist residency or more specifically a live / work space for one artist.
I live inland and so island culture and landscape are unfamiliar to me, making me feel off kilter and aware that I am a landlubber. In Shetland the water is a constant presence. I found a way around the new landscape and began work on several series.
Lines of cut peat stood out navy against the pink of the heather. I was intrigued by the integration of manmade lines within a natural landscape.
Awake in the night in new surroundings led to some restless dark images.
Maritime signaling flags are used to send codes between vessels. Many of the messages seemed directed at me as I struggled to get underway….. “I Want to Communicate with You”… “I am Having Difficulty Maneuvering”…” I am Dragging My Anchor.”
This experience feels open ended and unfinished. I am considering returning.