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Life and death 2004
Pebble/paint 10 x 10 x 4 cm
Barnacles apparently live their entire lives in the same spot, usually on a rock, as in the case of those on this pebble I fished out of the sea in Scalloway during my residency there.
I'm not entirely sure what type of stone the pebble was, I think it was gneiss (very much in evidence in the harbour), but its contrasting round shape and rough texture lent itself to a whitewash treatment. The whitening highlighting the sculptural qualities of this little piece of natural history. The (optional) black paint on the plinth sets off the pebble well but also in some way represents the wetness naturally associated with pebbles.
The barnacles on the rock also reminded me of the bungalows dotted about the islands, clinging to the hills.