Scottish Sculpture Workshop

Winter Residency 2020

Fionn Duffy, MFA

In January I took part in Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s Winter Residency 2020. Alongside artists Eloïse Dieutegard, Cassia Dodman, David Moré and Leila Alice Smith, I lived and worked on site for four weeks, forming close relationships (with each other, the site, staff team, processes, materials and surrounding landscape) and developing our practices.

This year’s Winter Residency focused on the role of making and materiality in a time of climate breakdown. Building on thinking and research from previous projects, together with knowledge and learning from making in the workshops on site, we wanted to give attention to the messy overlaps between the making skills we foster at SSW and the skills needed to “stay with the trouble” (Haraway, D. 2017).

We started with questions; how can a multi-species discourse inform future material practices? Can we develop new material knowledges and making skills in ways that resist extractive systems? How can ideas of sympoesis, symbiosis and parasitism inform our relationship with materials? These questions formed a framework for the residency programme, which alongside making in the workshops and studio, attempted to open up and explore relationships with and between each other, materials, the landscape and processes (industrial/pre-industrial), through a series of workshops where we came together with invited guests.

We were joined by Alexis Zafiropoulos who led a workshop in stone walling, Margaret Kerr who introduced her embodied methodologies for place memory understanding and Borbála Soós gave a talk which moved between the stone walls of Lumsden to re-wilding projects and seaweed forests deep under the sea.