Glass composed with Scottish kelp ash and stone from the vicinity of Drumossie Moor, and contained in a bespoke box of Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris), combines the loss of an ancient Caledonian forest with contemporary debates on land custodianship.
The sculpture draws on the talismanic 'Amen Glasses' of Jacobite resistance, which beautifully enjoin the cypher of a tear with the intimate nature of diamond point engraving, to fuse Place and Ideas in highly politicised objects. The socio-economic relationship between the Scottish kelp industry and the Highland Clearances following the failed Jacobite uprising, on Drumossie Moor at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, ties the raw material of glass making to historically charged debates. This sculpture embodies the enduring complexities of landscape and belonging.
With thanks to National Glass Centre and Colin Rennie.