Snow Union Jack
November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Over the past few weeks I’ve started considering the use of national flags in relation to the landscape. There are obvious strong ties between a sense of national identity and the landscape. Dividing the United Kingdom into its separate components, each region has its own evocative imagery, Scottish highlands, Welsh valleys, England’s pastoral fields etc. By drawing the Union Jack onto a part of Scotland I hope to create something that stirs issues of national identity, the land is part of the United Kingdom while at the same time being uniquely part of Scotland. Ever since moving to Scotland over 3 years ago I have been aware of the tensions created by one country being bracketed within a larger structure.
In the New Year I intend to travel around England, Wales and Northern Ireland before returning to Scotland collecting soil from each region from which I will paint a series of flags on canvas, creating images where separate location are physically unified.