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