Three minature time line cubes. A piece of Scottish stag oak held in time. Taken as a fallen branch from a 300 year old oak tree that stands by the River Teviot near the workshop. Tight lines of summer and winter growth that record the seasons and sounds of 100,000 days and nights down by the river.
I've always had a fascination for indigenous art and so called primitive art. Since working in archaeology and timber I always wondered if the wood was painted in the houses, henges and gathering sites here in Scotland. This is just a response to it all. These wood tablets, bark sheets, stag oak branches and bog oak pieces are all painted on off-cuts from the workshop - ash, elm, oak, sycamore - whatever is lying around. All painted and carved tablets are made from Scottish hardwoods. They are storylines in themselves, partly mine, partly the viewer. Colourful, non descriptive, ancestral messages held on wood from a primitive place.