Sea, Music and Mapping – Themes in the work of Mary Morrison.
Mary grew up in the Western Isles, she is drawn to exploring a sense of space and light which is particular to these islands. Aiming to combine a sense of place in the work with notation – variously suggesting mapping, measuring, music. Grid references, staves and tide tables recur in the work.
Where works have titles referring to specific locations, the intention is to draw on personal connections to these places in order to explore wider themes. Mary’s intention is not to render the topography of a landscape but rather to explore the relationship between the individual and the landscape that has shaped them, something you carry with you – a ‘geography of the mind’.
The current practice is focussing on the word ‘Fonn’ as a link between the works. Fonn is a gaelic word with several meanings – ‘land, music, tune, state of mind’ – which echoes ongoing preoccupations in the work.