Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote


This talk will discuss themes around a recent art project entitled ‘Burnsiana’. Initially
envisioned as an exhibition at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in June 2013, this project
grew into an ongoing series of exhibitions and performances alongside a publication of the
same name with Luath Press Edinburgh, featuring poems by Rab Wilson. The book was
launched at the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh in Dec 2013.

Burnsiana is a word which does not appear in any dictionaries. However, it’s generally
understood to loosely refer to any collection of literary odds and ends relating to Robert
Burns. For this project this definition has been extended to also encompass a visual
representation of these ‘odds and ends’. My interest in Burns is longstanding and this
collection of Burns related work has been created over the last decade.

The series of multi-referential artworks discussed in this presentation are concerned with the
very process of looking, perceiving and interpreting. The potential meaning of any individual
piece is intrinsically linked to the viewer's personal deconstruction of the image. Utilising the
unique fixed-point perspective of the camera, I create and record manipulated and
constructed images in order to create elaborate narratives which meditate on numerous
aspects of Scottish culture, identity and the human condition in the early 21st century. As
Burns reflected through his art the world he inhabited, these works and words strive to reflect
on a myriad of contemporary concerns.
Period14 Aug 2014
Event titleInternational Association for Word and Image Studies (IAWIS/AERTI) Conference
Event typeConference
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map