January 31, 2020

What is the value of our fragile landscape?

Tina MacLeod, 41

My work explores compositions marrying hollow forms of silver with natural objects gathered from specific places along the strandline, where the forest meets the shore, representing a connection to place realised through the importance of touch. Mark making upon the surface of the metal, often with handmade tools or ancient rocks, imprinting millions of years into a piece, can create a feeling of familiarity, memories both real or imagined, of a lost soul perhaps, capturing an essence of that sensed but unexplained aura often experienced within the forest. My material choice questions notions of preciousness and conveys a sense of the ephemeral nature of the west coast of Scotland. I often feel that the found objects have more value than the so-called precious metals as they hold such a strong bond with our landscape, even when removed and reinterpreted. I hope that each object becomes a representation of the viewer and wearer’s story, the original meaning transcends. The origin belongs to the maker, embedded within the piece but the meaning distorts and evolves as different people find their own connection with it.

Lorg: find/discover - Gaelic translation, 2018Silver, wood11 x 2.5 x 1.5cm