Infection

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Lewisian gneiss

h: 25 w: 60 d: 25 (cms).

In this time of human mortality being expressed in regular daily statistics I wanted to produce a more figurative work which focuses on the individual suffering human form.

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Metamorphism I

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Lewisian gneiss

h: 18 w: 36 d: 28 (cms).

Human intervention, natural erosion and geology.

Lewisian gneiss is a type of metamorphic rock found here in the Outer Hebrides. It is is formed by high-temperature and high-pressure metamorphic processes acting on formations composed of igneous rocks.

It's difficult to comprehend the timescales involved that have brought these sculptures to their current metamorphic forms. The sculptor's intervention is minutiae, compared with the natural errosion over several hundreds of years and even that pales into insignificance when you compare the 2.7 billion years of geology that has metomophosed these rocks.

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Cornerstone I

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Lewisian gneiss

h: 14 w: 36 d: 30 (cms).

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Standing Stone

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Lewisian gneiss, acrylic and hardwood.

h: 23 w: 38 d: 24 (cms).

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Geology, Biology and Technology

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Lewisian gneiss, acrylic and hardwood.

h: 24 w: 56 d: 24 (cms).

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Metamorphism III

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Lewisian gneiss/granite

h: 14 w: 36 d: 30 (cms).

Human intervention, natural erosion and geology.

Lewisian gneiss is a type of metamorphic rock found here in the Outer Hebrides. It is is formed by high-temperature and high-pressure metamorphic processes acting on formations composed of igneous rocks.

It's difficult to comprehend the timescales involved that have brought these sculptures to their current metamorphic forms. The sculptor's intervention is minutiae, compared with the natural errosion over several hundreds of years and even that pales into insignificance when you compare the 2.7 billion years of geology that has metomophosed these rocks.

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The Beasts of Holm

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Lewisian gneiss on pine table

h: 90 w: 150 d: 80 (cms).

'The Beasts of Holm' is a commemoration or remembrance that focuses on the impact that the HMY Iolaire tradegy of 1 January 1919 had on Lewis families. Families who where waiting in deep anticipation of the return of the sailors and soldiers after four long years of fighting. The wives, parents, sons, daughters brothers, sisters, girlfriends and a whole community joined together by collective relief that these men, who had survived against the odds, were coming home.

The sense of celebration was even more keenly felt, because they would be returning and would be reunited on the morning of the New Year - a New Year of peace that meant healing and new beginnings, meals were prepared and the traditional kitchen table was laid in anticipation.

Around 2.30am that night, with the lights of Stornoway Harbour in sight and just yards from home, the Iolaire struck the rocks known as the Beasts of Holm. The sea, as it so often does in poor conditions, acted swiftly and callously, changing the table of celebration to a table of silence.

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