cursus ii

cursus ii

In Kilmartin, around 3500 BC, a massive timber monument called a cursus was built on a gravel terrace at Upper Largie, the first evidence of neolithic activity there.  It consisted of two lines of parallel lengths of posts that ran for nearly 400 metres.   There are various hypotheses to explain why they were built and…

eddie izzard quote

Archaeologists, you found stuff? What have you found, what have you found? Well, give us a toothbrush and ten years and we’ll tell you. -eddie izzard

cursus i - textile panel

cursus i

In Kilmartin, around 3500 BC, a massive timber monument called a cursus was built on a gravel terrace at Upper Largie, the first evidence of neolithic activity there.  It consisted of two lines of parallel lengths of posts that ran for nearly 400 metres.   There are various hypotheses to explain why they were built and…

archaeology

archaeology

Archaeology is the study of human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data left behind.  During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce…

Strata V - kilmartin textile panel

strata v

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

strata iv

strata iv

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

strata iii

strata iii

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

temple wood viii

temple wood viii

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the midday sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

temple wood vii

temple wood vii

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the midday sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

refract ii

refract ii

Snell’s window is a phenomenon by which an underwater viewer sees everything above the surface through a cone of light, caused by refraction of light entering the water. The area outside Snell’s window will either be completely dark or reflect underwater objects. Textile panel c.  80x120cm Sold

refract i

refract i

Snell’s window is a phenomenon by which an underwater viewer sees everything above the surface through a cone of light, caused by refraction of light entering the water. The area outside Snell’s window will either be completely dark or reflect underwater objects. Textile panel c. 80x120cm £150

tapa

tapa

Tapa cloth is made in many Pacific islands, including Tonga and Fiji. The Challenger expedition report notes its use for clothing. Digital collage Limited edition: 10 prints 36x150cm

abyss

abyss

“Abyss” is from the Greek word ἄβυσσος, meaning bottomless. The abyssal zone of the oceans – 4-6 km – is perpetually dark and cold and silent. Inhabitants, such as the deep-sea anglerfish and the giant squid, must withstand immense pressure. The deepest trenches in the ocean, such as the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, are…

memento murray

memento murray

John Murray (1841-1914), a pioneering oceanographer, was Wyville Thomson’s assistant on HMS Challenger’s 1872-76 expedition to explore the oceans. The publication of the 50 volume report of the Challenger Expedition fell largely to Murray, who completed the task in 1896.  Murray had the Challenger Medal made at his own expense as a token of appreciation…

edward forbes quote

Beneath the waves there are many dominions yet to be visited and kingdoms to be discovered, and he who venturously brings up from the abyss enough of their inhabitants to display the physiognomy of the country, will taste that cup of delight, the sweetness of whose draught those only who have made a discovery know.…

what lies beneath

what lies beneath

Oceanographer John Murray (1841-1914), HMS Challenger, some fish illustrations and a bathymetrical chart from the Murray & Hjort book The Depths of the Ocean. The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) was founded in 1884 (as the Scottish Marine Station) by Murray.  This collage was prepared to celebrate SAMS’s 130th anniversary. Digital collage

birth of a scientist

birth of a scientist

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) was founded in 1884 (as the Scottish Marine Station) by Murray. This collage was made to celebrate SAM’s 130th anniversary. Digital collage In an address to his old school, Murray describes early experiments with electricity: “… several companions arrived from Stirling to see my experiments ; they had…

ancestors iii - screenprint

ancestors iii

The human genome is the complete set of human genetic information, stored as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences within the 23 chromosome pairs of the cell nucleus, and in a small DNA molecule within the mitochondrion.  The haploid human genome (contained in egg and sperm cells) consists of three billion DNA base pairs.  Genetic information is…

ancestors ii - screenprint

ancestors ii

The human genome is the complete set of human genetic information, stored as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences within the 23 chromosome pairs of the cell nucleus, and in a small DNA molecule within the mitochondrion.  The haploid human genome (contained in egg and sperm cells) consists of three billion DNA base pairs.  Genetic information is…

the hunt for lost things - textile panel

the hunt for lost things

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site.  This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll. Textile panel Sold

kintraw - textile panel

kintraw

Kilmartin Glen contains at least 150 prehistoric monuments, including cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings.  There is a four metre standing stone and two cairns at Kintraw.  The standing stone may have played a role in making precise observations of the midwinter sunset. Textile panel 49x49cm Sold

strata ii - textile panel

strata ii

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

strata i - textile panel

strata i

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

excavations iii - textile panel

excavations iii

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site. This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll.  It features text from a catalogue of late neolithic…

excavations ii - textile panel

excavations ii

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site. This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll.  It features text from a catalogue of late neolithic…

excavations i - textile panel

excavations i

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site. This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll. Textile panel 80x60cm Sold

McCandless confirms .. - hms challenger NASA screenprint

McCandless confirms …

… that the moon is made of cheese. The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named a Space Shuttle after the ship.  On 3 February 1984, Bruce McCandless II took the first untethered spacewalk from Space Shuttle Challenger using a Manned Maneuvering Unit, subject of an iconic photograph…

Legacy - hms challenger NASA screenprint

legacy

The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named a Space Shuttle after the ship.  On 3 February 1984, Bruce McCandless II took the first untethered spacewalk from Space Shuttle Challenger using a Manned Maneuvering Unit, subject of an iconic photograph of an astronaut floating above the Blue Planet.…

corvette and frigates - screenprint

corvette & frigates

“H.M.S. Challenger, a steam corvette, with a spar upper deck, of 2306 tons displacement, and an indicated power of 1234 horses, was chosen for this [expedition] … All the guns were removed with the exception of two, and the space which they and the stores and ammunition in connection with them had occupied, was devoted…

to boldly go - digital

to boldly go

The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named the Apollo 17 lunar module and a Space Shuttle after the ship, and the Voyager I spacecraft, which left Earth in 1977, is travelling into interstellar space. Digital collage Limited edition: 10 prints 36x150cm

floating worlds - digital - hms challenger

floating worlds

“On the 11th, at 2.50 am, the first iceberg was sighted.  At 5 am sails were furled, and a sounding, trawling, and serial temperatures were taken in 1260 fathoms, Diatom ooze, Station 152.  Up to the time of the Expedition, about 500 species of radiolarian had been identified.  Challenger brought home more than 2,000 new…

aurora - digital

aurora

In investigating the strength and direction of the ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, when out of sight of land or unable to anchor a boat, observations of the heavenly bodies are the only resource … Digital collage Limited edition: 10 prints 36x150cm “The ship remained at Halifax from the 9th to the 19th…

challenger iii - digital

challenger iii

“The vast ocean lay scientifically unexplored  All the efforts of the previous decade had been directed to the strips of water around the coast and to enclosed or partially enclosed seas; great things had certainly been done there, but as certainly far greater things remained to be done beyond. This consideration led to the conception…

schrodingers cat iii - screenprint

schrödinger’s cat iii

Erwin Schrödinger devised a thought experiment to illustrate the problem of applying the 1935 Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics to everyday objects.  Featuring the Dirac constant used in the Schrödinger equation, a partial differential equation that describes how the quantum state of a physical system changes with time. Screenprint 23x39cm Edition:35 £45

artefacts - digital

artefacts

“The morning after the Expedition arrived trade went on briskly, the canoes crowding around the ship, and the natives handing their weapons and ornaments through the main deck ports.  The barter given in exchange was principally ordinary hoop iron broken up into pieces about 6 inches in length; but a great deal of so-called “trade…

deeptime - quilt

deeptime

Argyll’s prehistory is a preoccupation: my work explores what motivated the people to create the many standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns in the landscape.  This quilt considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of important monuments.  It features the Ballymeanoch standing stones and the linear cemetery, five cairns –…

james cook iv - collage

james cook iv

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

james cook ii - screenprint

james cook ii

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

abel tasman iii - screenprint

abel tasman iii

Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644.  He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. Screenprint 20x26cm Edition: 10

abel tasman ii - screenprint

abel tasman ii

Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644.  He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. Screenprint 15x21cm Edition:10 £75

abel tasman i - screenprint

abel tasman i

Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644.  He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands. Tasman’s crew were the first Europeans to have a…

james cook i - screenprint

james cook i

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.  Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

red giant

A red giant star is a dying star in the last stages of stellar evolution. In only a few billion years, our own sun will turn into a red giant star, expand and engulf the inner planets, possibly even Earth. Screen print 30x30cm Edition:6 £100 “We have all the time in the world …” Louis…

Supermassive black hole - screenprint

supermassive black hole

A black hole is a region of spacetime where it is thought that gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.   A supermassive black hole is the largest type of black hole. Screenprint 30x30cm Edition:10 £100 “Black holes are where God divided by zero.” einstein