A friend and fellow Shetland artist gave me a recommendation to go and search through the shelves of the Shetland Amenity Trust’s geology samples. The prospect of shelves full of rocks always get me rather excited so I was eager to find out if I could come and have a peek for myself. One of the excellent benefits of being an artist is that most organisations are more than happy for you to look through their collections. I had a brilliant experience a couple of years ago looking through Aberdeen Councils granite samples in aid of researching a commission I was doing at the time. I had the same experience at the Shetland Amenity Trust, they were very accommodating and allowed me to go right ahead and rummage around…much to my delight!
It really is a wonderful collection and all of the samples were all found in Shetland (We definitely deserve our GeoPark title!). I have just embarked on producing a new body of work, based around Shetland’s geology. Shetland’s landscape and geology in general is something that forever fuels my practice but I haven’t yet made a collection of works based solely on the geological make up of our islands. So, I thought this was a good place to start in terms of research and begin to piece together some of my many jumbled ideas.
Shetland’s geology is vast and varying. Just from taking a walk around one of the many points of geological interest, you are bound to find some geology treats to take home. I always end up with pocket fulls after each walk…and my poor boyfriends pockets get filled too! I am really looking forward to getting on some more long walks now that the days up here in the far North are starting to lengthen again. In the mean time though, I need to unpack my collection from their respective bags and boxes and get a proper shelf display so I can easily be inspired at every glance.
Geology is one of those fascinations that really consumes me. I love the layers and the merging of different colour, surfaces, densities and textures. I find the formations of crystal and rock fascinating and would love to learn more of the science behind geology. Whilst reading wordy geology books I do find myself getting slightly overwhelmed though and just decided to take the rocks in as stand alone objects, unique and beautiful.
Stay tuned for more geology inspired works very soon…