…. but you have to ask your own questions.
This installation in the Fairy Garden at Dunollie House in Oban was inspired by the wooden spoons in the house’s Hope MacDougall Collection – thousands of items from the working and domestic lives of Scottish people.
I was interested in how the humble kitchen utensil became a signifier for Hope MacDougall’s thoughts or memories, simply by being pinned on a map at its point of origin. I connected this pinning of wooden spoons on a map to the Celtic tradition of tying votive offerings to a clootie tree, and the idea for the installation was born.
I’ve called the installation – about 70 spoons – “The answer is blowin’ in the wind …”, referring to the series of philosophical questions posed in the song by Bob Dylan, whose answers are “blowin’ in the wind”. The attached labels contain, phrases, numbers, symbols and equations which have significance for me, so it could be interpreted as a self-portrait. I hope the installation will develop into a wider community portrait, as visitors hang their own specially created spoons in the trees, using decoration or labelling to capture significant thoughts or memories.
Decorated wooden spoons, with tyvek labels
“It’s hard to imagine any other kind of spoon powerful enough to ward off Satan.”
-lee havlicek, “In praise of wooden spoons”