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  2. A Line Through It (Ongoing):

    In this work I wanted to explore how comfortably the concept of nation sits alongside reality. I felt a national borderline is the best place to consider this. At such a boundary two national identities abruptly start and stop, and as a result I could compare this sudden divide with the natural world it’s fastened to. I've used the English-Scottish border as my backdrop. In a number of images I've inserted the respective nations’ flags to bring this abstract idea directly into nature. Nation’s existence isn’t subtle on maps, in symbolism, on passports nor often in our minds. And as a result, I didn’t want to give it a sophisticated existence in my images, sitting subtly in the landscape. Instead I wanted to bring it bluntly into the physical world, contrasting it openly with reality.

    Interacting with this landscape I found nation’s seemingly innate character struggles on the borderline. Its appearence feels out of place and unnatural. The plant and animal life are oblivious to the divide, neither the land, the water nor the sky change from one side to the other. The symbols, markers and monuments we construct to identify the division are ground down by the elements, while the natural features we peg the borderline to are on the move, disconnecting themselves from the concept. The rocks reference how different this geographical space once was, and how unrecognisable it will become again. They also represent how fleeting these ideas are, and how insignificant their presence is in time. Ordinary human life criss crosses the borderline, and it seems to me if left, would soon start to dilute and break these ideas down.

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