Study from a walking series in Ayrshire 2021 This was inspired by multiple walks in the same place, over a period of months. It was an attempt to capture the feeling of the walking and all the sensory minutiae of the walking, within the studio context. I walked a distance, mapping my steps and also the moon, noting the compass and the surroundings. I walked solitary, often with only moonlight. I observed the horizons, the points of the compass, tracked the skies above and felt the earth below, struggled in the glaur, splashed through the months of rain, walking through territories of birds, falling into the paths of the sheep, crossing the route of the hare, ducking the swoop of the bats. I know the Robins don’t like it when you cross through their territory. Measuring time, sensing the depth of place and our connections within it, often fractured, but still graspable, palpable. Strangely especially, in the depths of global pandemic lockdown. Some of that has stayed, the timbre has been shaken. I am just getting started now.
Within his practice Eòghann looks at how we interact with our immediate environment. In 2020, due to Covid-19 lockdown, this became a kind of palimpsest procession, back into the future, in real time. His recent practice has explored this, within the local confines of ‘home’, a semi-rural, part working farm where he lives. Movement and timbre, place and connection are all integral and the process of capture, both intuitive and focused are his practice. Following a cow path or drifting towards a celestial. Walking and re-walking, returning to the same locations at different points in a month or the year.
Eòghann was an Offender Lecturer in Art. A recipient of the Alasdair Salvesen Travel Scholarship and Neach Ealain Lèirsinn, the Artist in Residence at the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. He was an elected member in his local authority of East Ayrshire. He continues to draw and perambulate.