My billboard sized drawings show a pack of wolves walking through an underpass in the direction of central Dundee.
Contrasting with printed posters advertising cultural ‘must-see’ events, mothballed since last March, there’s a sense of the drawn wolves patrolling the city spaces, unhindered, now that the humans have gone indoors. I made these site-specific drawings to prompt reflection on what happens in the physical and psychological edges of domestic space.
Wolves are a figure for what is parallel; an animal shadow of our domesticated selves. As the demand for puppies soars during repeated lockdowns, wolves – Europe’s archetypal predator and the focus for a continued debate over rewilding in Scotland – seemed to me an interesting animal to think with.
Both like and completely unlike the dogs we keep as pets, they lived, historically, in the forests at the edges of domestic space. This underpass is also an edge space: although a thoroughfare for pedestrians going into town, it does not have a name or show up on Google maps.
So it seemed like a good site for making drawings designed to alert passers-by to the unfamiliar in their midst; wolf drawings to offset the relentless familiarity of home.