Water(e)scapes. 2007

Water(e)scapes 1,2 and 3 were made and shown at the Tanera Mor, 3-Island International Artists’ Residency in Scotland.

Water(e)scape 1 - Attempting the impossible water landscape in harsh light and wind conditions - Site specific installation including digital prints of drawings, 3 videos and a selection of recognizable art material.

“The Artist sat and observed the landscape while trying to capture it in her sketchbook. The boat in the water kept moving while she drew because the wind was harsh. There were other distractions, too, like the man attempting to mount a lifesaver behind her and the group having beer at the table next to her. Meanwhile, the kayaks also kept passing by too quickly.

The day of the opening they arrived, the tourists and those who wanted to see the artists who had been living on this remote island. They watched as she put up her work and for them she lay out all that they would’ve expected to see”.

Water(e)scape 2 - Lost at Tanera
Video - 7 min

“A package arrived by boat”.

Water(e)scape 3
Video (4 min) in the common video room and intervention in the public toilet, twenty steps from the Cafeteria (on Open-day).

“This is a public service message”.

An inexplicable apprehension towards having a conversation about varying toilet traditions led the artist into making a work in the interest of public service. Hand-shower instructions and installation sheets were placed at the back of all toilet stall doors and ghost hand-showers were added where they should have been but were not (next to the Water Closets) in each stall. This was done in both male and female toilets. A video also ran amongst the other videos in the Open-day video viewing room. This video was a slideshow that spoke about the benefits and simple installation procedures of the hand shower.

The hand-shower is also known as the health faucet in some parts of the world. In most Muslim countries, it is commonly referred to as the Muslim shower.

The artist was hoping to only make the benefits of the hand-shower known to the people of Scotland and any and all visitors attending Open-day at the Island. The effort was in no way meant as a criticism or imposition on or of anyone’s cultural values or standards of personal hygiene.