Angalifu 2015 shown at the Perth Museum and Art gallery
My Grandfather Jack, known affectionately as Jake, was a Gordon Highlander who was tragically shot by an IRA sniper in Belfast on 28th August 1977 whilst on patrol as part of “Op Banner”, a British military operation during the infamous three-decade period in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles”. The Troubles resulted in the deaths of over 3,600 civilians and military personnel. My latest work,“Stitch in Time” is conceptually and literally the thread between the individual and the anonymous, a method of connecting to my late Grandfather who died before I was born. A collaboration with my father John, a Master Tailor, the work depicts two mannequins displaying “number two” military uniforms. The uniforms retrospectively narrate my Grandfather’s military life prior to and during his deployment in Northern Ireland. The work also acknowledges his legacy, notably my Father, who joined the same regiment in 1985. The work features archival articles from local newspaper The Courier, an extract from the book Lost Lives and recollections by a friend from my Grandfather’s section – D Coy. The work also comprises two silk banners depicting the outline of the regimental Glengarry surrounding imagery of the ongoing conflict from both archival material and my own digital photography. The khaki wool banners reveal an inscription of my Grandfather’s plaque at Dundee Crematorium and juxtapose the words “Killed in Ireland” with “He Was a Good Dancer” to humanise the anonymous, my Grandfather.
Kiera was born in Surrey, England on 1st May 1995. Her father served in two Scottish regiments within the British army and she spent most of her childhood living and relocating to different places such as Fallingbostel in Germany and Belfast, Northern Ireland as a military child - which is the foundation of her creative practice.
Kiera attended Queen Elizabeth sixth form college in Darlington, County Durham in 2011, studying A Levels in Fine Art, Textiles, German, Modern History and critical and contextual studies in art and design.
In September 2014, Kiera was selected to undertake the Creative Scotland Place Partnership project mentored by and working alongside Perthshire based artist from Hong Kong, Fanny Lam Christie. This involved working with Perth museum and art gallery in producing a bronze sculpture in response to the exhibition's current theme 'endangered species' to be installed as part of the museum's Past, Present, Future collection. This involved a short residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire.
Currently, Kiera is in her final year of the Art and Philosophy undergraduate course at Duncan of Jordanstone college of art and design at the University of Dundee. This course combines both contemporary art practice with continental philosophy. Kiera is particularly interested in aesthetics and both her art practice and writing are influenced by philosophers such as; Theodor Adorno, Jacques Ranciere and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Kiera is a member of the art school's student curatorial team and a member of Dundee's art collective, Generator Projects.