Artist Julie Brook – who has a home and base on Aird Bheag in west Lewis and recently attended Faclan/the Hebridean Book Festival – is having a major exhibition event in London.
Entitled Firestacks: Tide, Time and Gravity: Julie Brook and Robert Macfarlane: Nature Unwrapped, it’s on Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 7pm.
Julie journeys to – and stays for months in – the wildest and most remote landscapes on earth, creating work that is not only inspired by the land but cut from it.
For several years, Julie spent every summer month living on the uninhabited island of Mingulay, south of Barra, with her young family.
For the Firestacks, her most recent series, itself created in the Hebrides, Brook assembles natural elements—water, stone and fire—to create a tidal work that expresses the vital tension between gravity and time, through the seasons. There's a photograph from Ard Bheag above.
Writer Robert Macfarlane’s (The Wild Places, Landmarks, Underland) engagement with wilderness is similarly immersive, conjuring landscapes, seas and underground spaces with a poet’s eye and a scholar’s tongue.
As Brook debuts her new work in Pangolin’s new exhibition for Nature Unwrapped on the gallery level at Kings Place, she and Macfarlane discuss the elemental forces at play in her work and preview her films.