Sunday, 31 May 2015

Ali Berardelli, Jen Deschenes and Clare Reynolds AIR May 2015

Ali Berardelli, Jen Deschenes and Clare Reynolds have been collaborating on a community project researching local folklore combining storytelling and music making with letterpress printmaking and illustrations in response to the unique Highland setting of Glen Nevis. As part of this project the Primary 3 class from Spean Bridge Primary were invited to explore drawing, printing and storytelling through music. On the visit to Outlandia the children learnt about the Wishing Stone, a huge erratic boulder said to have special powers and were looking at charms and objects said to offer protection. They also heard historic stories about people who lived in Glen Nevis; Iain MacSorlie and ‘A Silver Spoon’, Flora McDougall and ‘Ben Nevis Aerated Spring Water’, and a huge stone brought many miles by ice to rest on the floor of the Glen.

All images courtesy Ali Berardelli 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Jen Randall & Claire Carter–AIR April 2015

Writer & filmmaker Jen Randall & Claire Carter are  researching a new short film work around the life of the author Gwen Moffat, one of the very few women climbing autonomously in the 40s and 50s. Gwen has strong links to the area, having spent much of her life living beneath and climbing on Ben Nevis.

Gwen Moffat, photo S.R.G. Bray

Photo courtesy Library of Congress

Images courtesy of Jen Randall & Claire Carter 2015

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Andrea Gregson AIR–5-11 April 2015

Cascade (photo Andrea Gregson)   

Ben Nevis means many things; in mythology it is ‘a mountain with a terrible nature’, its name translated from Gaelic as ‘venomous’, ‘malicious’, ‘uncertain’. In history - a meteorological station and observatory. In geology -a glacially eroded caldera and in tourism a playground and a place to prove your prowess, endurance and frequently also a place of tragedy. With this in mind, I am making ephemeral actions, collecting objects and casting details in the landscape which explore the Anthropocene at the site of Outlandia. The last two days I have made direct plaster and wax casts, making connections between casting processes in sculpture and geology similarly constructed through accident, heat, fire, water but at extreme ends of duration. I am also creating a series of sculptural assemblages composed of rocks with fragments of plastics, fabric, glass and metals found on walks.

Wax in trangia (photo Andrea Gregson)

Melting wax at found camp fire site 7/4/15 (photo Andrea Gregson)

Wax cast at river bank 7/4/15 (photo Andrea Gregson)

Plaster cast space between spruce tree roots 6/4/15 (photo Andrea Gregson)