Lar MacGregor

Website: https://larmacgregor.com

Email: larmacg@gmail.com

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Leaf Litter - A work in progress

Gesture - A response to an intimate walk with individuals on a repetitive route around the Cawdor Circular Burn.

Kinetic Seaweed - Working with single use plastics recovered from roadside.

Detail of journey map - 'With support'

3D sketchbook from Caladar Arts residency

Listening to nature


Statement

Ecosystems are weakly bounded and loosely organized. So the concept of ‘forest health’ can seem hopelessly vague. The concept of ecosystem health is even more contentious, not only because it is ambiguous, but also because it embodies societal values and preferences. The more that people disagree on these values, the more contentious the concept of ecosystem health.

Making people feel overwhelmed or depressed is not empowering. Investigating aesthetics and vulnerability of self and environment empowers viewers to access hope; to have positive forward motion and to elicit change in their life, one tiny action at a time. Using copper and single use plastics, wood and other natural or found materials allows me to explore the feelings of displacement and how to restore ecosystem health.

Biography

I am a sculptor based in the Scottish Highlands. Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne,
I moved to the Highlands in 1999 and graduated from the University of the Highlands &
Islands, in 2018 with a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Art & Contextualised Practice.
Exploring themes around people and place at a 2 month long residency in Cawdor, Scotland, I realised that I owed my existence to two contradictory impulses: a border and a bridge. Newcastle born with Scottish ancestry, I am betwixt and between any sense of belonging.

Walking was the inspiration behind my art practice way before I saw it for what it was: a collaboration in other people’s lives and conversations. I chart my creative journey in my blog and I work as an Art & Wellbeing tutor for the Workers Educational Association. I cover public engagement for the Exhibitions Unit at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery and I have been published online in Interartive – Walking Art/Walking Aesthetics with my Wayfaring Project. I have exhibited work alongside Robert Callender, David Cass and Joseph Calleja and also with the Platforms Project at the Athens School of Fine Art, through Fronteer Art. My Wayfinding Project will be published in a book by Aldobranti Fosco-Fornio, in 2020.