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Bethany Rigby

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An Lanntair
Stornoway, Outer Hebrides  


At Sea holds the hybrid meanings of being on a vessel out of sight of land, and of experiencing a state of confusion or mentally adrift. The artwork reflects the journey we have all been through over recent years and traverses a lasting impression of Hebridean exploration.

In July 2019, five artists undertook a sailing expedition heading west from Berneray to the remote islands of St Kilda. The residency (titled Island Going) presented an embodied invitation into sea and island ecologies, atmospheres and terrains, and stretched across the longest days of the year, 6 of which were spent at sea, followed by four on land.

Almost five years later, the artists return with works that stem directly from their shared experience at sea. Using the land and seascapes as a research arena, the artists approach topographies of remoteness, liquidity, navigation, migration, isolation and communication.

All of the works exhibited use materials gathered during the expedition, including wool, photographs, film and water. This exhibition presents the opportunity to share, question, learn, remember, wonder and reflect.

Artists: Alasdair Asmussen Doyle, Beatrice Alvestad Lopez, Bethany Rigby, Dan Shay, Rachael Louise Bailey.

Works exhibited by Bethany Rigby:
Navigation Plaque (etched steel plate)
Deep Sea Range 1 and 2 (giclee prints)
At Sea (film)

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