(‘Moving Mountains’)

Tent Gallery ECA. 2014. 

'The Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain' was a film based upon a story about Rhondda Cynon Taff. In 1917, Cartographers measured mountains, and found that Rhondda Cynon Taff was less that 1000ft therefore, it was not a mountain. The local residents decided to build an earth cairn in order to meet the 1000 ft height required to be a mountain.

The shifting of earth, the nature of the material and its transience, I find of great interest. On a trip to Orkney, I collected a number of objects, which I took back to Edinburgh. I categorized the objects, clay, shells, seaweed; metal and glass, I then smashed and ground the objects to dust before returning it to the earth.

This process raised a question about the nature of objects. If I break up a shell into dust at what point does a shell or any other object become something else?