In recent years Edinburgh-based artist Kittie Jones has made several trips to Scotland's islands, including Bass Rock, Tanera Mor and Islay. As her work shows, often in glorious colour and bold forms, she is particularly interested in the birds that inhabit these places. Here, she tells us more about her work and inspiration.
The islands surrounding the coast of Britain provide a safe haven for many bird colonies, as well as being a resting place for migrating species. As an artist interested in birds, I am drawn to islands; but I also like the way my imagination can grasp the entire geography of somewhere like the Bass Rock or Inchcolm Island.
Further inspiration is taken from ideas about what happens on these islands when the humans leave. After experiencing the sensory thrill of the Bass Rock, which is incredibly noisy and smelly, I made a number of night-time prints that reflect my interest in whether the cacophony continued into the night whilst the neighbouring humans slept.
I am very lucky to have made three trips to the Bass Rock to spend the day drawing. I was hugely inspired by this hostile rock off the coast of East Lothian, covered in a colony of majestic gannets and other sea birds. I made sustained drawings whilst there and I have since developed a series of monotype prints depicting the beautiful birds of this place.
I recently completed a collaborative project with Glasgow-based poet Vicki Husband. Our mutual interest in nature led us to take a couple of trips to Inchcolm Island, where we were both inspired by the lesser black-backed gulls nesting there. Inspired by Vicki's poem and an interest in British transport posters, I made a large-scale screen print incorporating text and visuals as a result of the collaboration.
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