Art words by Jacqueline Donachie

The unique green of Scotland’s summer grass is touring the country in textured metal form

Jacqueline Donachie graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s influential Environmental Art department, and is one of a group of artists who helped establish the city as one of the world’s most dynamic contemporary art communities. www.jacquelinedonachie.co.uk Photograph: John Paul

Jacqueline Donachie graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s influential Environmental Art department, and is one of a group of artists who helped establish the city as one of the world’s most dynamic contemporary art communities.
www.jacquelinedonachie.co.uk
Photograph: John Paul


New Weather Coming is the title of a book and a series of sculptures that have been moving around Scotland this summer. The book documents a journey I made earlier in the year that began with a flight to Lerwick in Shetland, and ended when I reached home, just outside Glasgow, a week later. I journeyed down and across the country on trains, boats and buses, with no plan other than to visit new or long-forgotten places I’d heard of, as well as holiday places – nothing remote or undis­covered: oysters in Oban, the Kyle of Lochalsh train from Inverness, the Armadale ferry.
Your mind can wander on these trips. No email was a rule, so I took notes and photographs; watched from the back of the carriage as we went from one terminus to the next. The title came from a page in Findings, by the poet Kathleen Jamie:
No Orkney weather lasts long, and you can see the new weather coming…
My little book is the tenth in the series of artist books I have produced since 1994. They follow a similar format: something small, with not too many words, that fits in your pocket. The wording refers to stories and anecdotes, leaving some bits to be made up yourself – a staring-out-of-the-window sort of a book.
The sculptures reference a colour and texture seen often in Scotland, particularly on islands or hillsides: the near-fake green that appears when the sun pops out and a field of grass is suddenly illuminated. Fake but real green, made from the sturdy textured metal we see all the time on ferries and trains. Non-slip. A summer journey.

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New Weather Coming, 2014

New Weather Coming, 2014

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