This exhibition came out of my long-standing relationship with Glasgow Print Studio, where I have made my work for nearly 20 years.
I was invited by the Director, John McKechnie RSA, to produce a substantial body of work for exhibition in the newly renovated gallery during its first year as part of Trongate 103.
Forms of Being are a series of four, large intaglio prints based on photographs of material forms. The forms become metaphors for figures and the larger human condition. I put them in shallow, stage-like spaces that evoke architecture with simple planes and thin struts made of wood. They are created to photograph and are then destroyed. I explore the ambiguous space between reality and fiction through photography of my own constructions.
Other works in the exhibition contrast the photographic, digitally printed image with deeply etched surfaces that are printed directly onto the photographs, framing or blocking the 'scenes' so that the spectator is aware of the surface of the picture and the space beyond that surface.