Catherine Eckersall


RGU Art and Heritage 2020 Purchase Award Nominee

Celtic folklore is the primary concern of Catherine Eckersall’s work. Through this lens, she seeks to depict the unseen landscape: human interpretations of natural surroundings comprised of folklore, superstition, and history.

Folktales and literature are combined with her personal experiences of rural environments in Scotland and Ireland to reflect physical immersion in nature, whilst also representing the wider cultural experience of landscape.

Eckersall’s practice follows a process of distillation, selecting the most significant natural symbols from a body of imagery and stories, and amplifying them through form and colour. In isolation, these aspects of the landscape become reminiscent of half-forgotten memories, taking on an appearance of otherness. Soundwaves, generated from audio recordings of natural environments, trace time and movement within these constructed settings.

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