Rachel Duckhouse

Caraidh at Lochmaddy i, 2020

Pen and ink drawing

30 x 32 cm

  • Rachel’s work is in major collections including The British Museum, London
  • Solo exhibitions include MacRobert Art Centre, Stirling and Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
  • Group exhibitions include ‘Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing 1970 to now’, British Museum and touring; New acquisitions, British Museum, London; Objectspace, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Selected for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

In ‘Caraidh at Lochmaddy i’, Rachel Duckhouse uses Pattern drawing to show traditional fish traps made in the landscape. The drawing depicts Stepping Stones standing near the edge of the water to trap fish in tidal pools. At hight tide submerged rocks are under water. The rocks then form a natural barrier, trapping the fish when the tide returns to the sea at low tide. They reveal themselves fully at low tide. These stones have been used for this purpose in the Outer Hebrides for generations. However, their presence in the landscape now stands as testament to a traditional way of life, now lost.

Rachel saw these rocks in the landscape during her walks in the Outer Hebrides as part of her Royal Scottish Academy Residency. The drawing acts as a record of this way of life. Although the rocks are no longer used, the line of rocks continue to appear and disappear twice a day. The marks on the paper reflect the wind across the water and the movement of the water around the stones. The artist uses the geometric patterning on the paper to depict movement of both wind across water, and water around the stones.

This works is part of a series of works inspired by the residency.

# drawing  # work on paper  # geometric # landscape   # environmental art