What is the story behind your new artwork?
My new body of work is mainly based on my studies of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, Scotland - a site which has been neglected and fallen into disrepair, with now an undetermined future.
After briefly visiting it five years ago, I recently had another opportunity to revisit the site and study it more extensively. What became apparent was how important it would be for me to delve deeper inside and discover the inner structure of the building, opposed to merely the facades alone.
I really enjoy the playful nature of my work and how some compositions could potentially be physically built. However, I recently found myself producing drawings which were almost too representative of its original structure. With this new body of work, I wanted to change how I processed my research, hoping to lead to slightly different outcomes. The new compositions I started to create became more inviting with areas of breathing space, which gave the viewer slightly more freedom to move in and around them. I have also continued to abstract elements further, removing pieces of information, so as to continually make the viewer question what is being seen.
St Peter’s Seminary is one of many structures which I have drawn my inspiration from for this body of work. I am continually building on my research and I am constantly adding appropriate elements where I see fit. The structures which I draw my inspiration from are often modernist or brutalist buildings. My aim is to highlight the real and true beauty of these structures and draw people’s attention to the loss of them in society. Brutalist architecture was a very important movement, which changed the way we lived and I believe is one that should not be demolished or forgotten.