John Kinross Scholar in 2011
How did the experience affect you as an individual?
By observing the importance of solidarity between new graduates and those with different experiences within the artistic community in scotland in general to support one another and learn from one another, encouraging new ways of thinking, but also in particular in situations where new graduates can be taken advantage of. I was affected by the location of Florence and the surrounding region which I found peaceful, and spent a lot of time outside drawing.
What was the impact on your practice?
Drawing has been a constant part of my practice ever since. During the scholarship and thanks to the proactive approach taken by another scholar whom I shared accommodation with, we met with artists, curators and academics in the region, who were creating multi faceted works involving site specific, multimedia installation. Coming from a predominantly printmaking background it was interesting to me to observe the way different artists work which has impacted my practice; I now work predominantly with sound and installation.
What would you say the long-term impact has been on yourself and you work?
I have continued to maintain connections with artists that I travelled to Florence with, which has meant creating opportunities for one another, more opportunities to show work and develop as an artist. This year I will exhibit with Beth Dynowski at Glasgow Project Rooms during GI festival.