January 31, 2019

Why does water give a permeating sense of calm?

Gini Dickinson, 24

Be it the trickle of a stream, the raging currents of a river, or the lapping waves of a loch, it is undoubtable the sense of calm people feel near water. Water for me is mesmerising, it’s intensity and strength, or serenity and tranquillity, the way light touches waves creating molten metallic shapes, the soft gleaming surface and deep hidden depths. Water captivates and soothes me. Living in the Southern Hebrides, on the Isle of Jura, surrounded by water, we are at the mercy of the waves, and the wind decides when we can come and when we go. In a storm, the mainland disappears from view and all we can see is sea and sky, although this cuts us off from the rest of the country it brings our small community closer together. Comforted by the inevitable return to calm.
It’s that permeating sense of calm that took me from inner city to living at the very edge of the continent, and one of the last true wildernesses in the United Kingdom. Here, surrounded by water, peacefulness seeps into my body, calming the soul and is released through camera, brush, or needle.


Sunrise Water
Photograph, printed on aluminium
39 x 21.5 cm

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Artist, Gini Dickinson, moved from London to Scotland early 2018. Having visited Jura a few years go she felt drawn back, the rugged hillside and of course, the mysterious waters, had taken hold of her practice, bringing with them the challenge of harnessing their energy. Since returning she has found ways in photography, painting and embroidery to represent separate elements of the ‘wild island’. Spending a lot of time outdoors she has connected to these fierce subjects and found some synchronicity with them.