Signs For Kilbeg

Aquarelle, graphite and wax on found admiralty chart
24 x 24cm
2018




Outcome from my residency at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Inspired in part by the ubiquitous passing place signs of the Scottish Highlands, and the mysterious signposts at the current boundary of the proposed site of the new village of Kilbeg, this series forms an imagined signage system for a future Kilbeg. The compositions are derived from scenes in the current landscape around SMO, observed during my walks around the site.

The deliberately restricted visual language reflects my limited ability to communicate in Gaelic, using the same basic phrases repeatedly, whilst also representing feelings of dislocation from a much bigger picture due to a lack of linguistic understanding.

These are symbols of another time, glyphs from a future lexicon.