June 8, 2022

Embracing a New Life Outside of the Comfort Zone

Gordon Duthie

A 3D object in the medium of tree bark bonded to wood canvases with wood glue and topcoated in clear gloss polycrylic.Embracing a New Life Outside of the Comfort Zone, 2022 30cm (L) x 30cm (W) x 30cm (H)

The economy of North East Scotland has been heavily reliant on the oil and gas industry. This has brought affluence and worldwide job opportunities to many residents. However, the industry and the region are now at a crossroads, as there is growing global awareness of the negative impact fossil fuels have on climate change. As a result, there are ongoing economic and environmental initiatives to transition the area into a centre of excellence for renewable energy. With the aim of providing sustainable green employment and energy that positively contributes to net zero targets. To achieve this, local citizens and companies need to embrace a new life outside of the comfort zone. This artwork is reflective of the challenging yet rewarding processes of adaption, reinvention and upskilling. This was created over three years in Aberdeenshire by someone with no experience of producing 3D art; but challenged themselves to try something new. The inspiration came from wanting to upcycle degenerating yet valuable bark on dead garden trees. Each piece of bark is symbolic of building a sustainable future, new competencies and breathing new life into the local area. It is not flawless and also represents that there is not a perfect solution.