In 2002, I received funding from the Royal Scottish Academy to undertake a research trip to Poland. I wanted to experience, at first hand, the landscape described by Simon Schama in the opening chapter of his book “Landscape and Memory”. The plains and forests of the remote north-eastern region of Poland represent a tentative border that fluctuated with the ebb and flow of history.
Schama highlighted the importance of accessing the archives of the feet; of connecting to a sense of place by immersing oneself entirely in the visual, aural and tactile landscape while summoning-up the history of events that shape our perception of significant sites. By taking photographs, making drawings, and keeping a journal of my experience, I gathered an archive of source material from which the studio paintings were subsequently developed.
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