Eve Campbell
8 May - 21 August


On Scotland’s Western Isles, on areas of remote wilderness, we experience complex ‘cultural landscapes’. The people who demonstrate a resiliency to survive the brutal environments and settle on the Islands often leave a trace on the landscape. Building on an intricate pattern formed by the marks of nature and those constructed by their predecessors over thousands of years.

This collection explores the shapes composed by both ancient and modern interactions between the Hebridean environment and its inhabitants. The islands have sustained various ways of life and each leaves an imprint on the land. Ruins of timeworn crofts and settlements lie amid other accretions of old and new. Sharp forms and lines of modern homes stand in contrast to abandoned, grass covered structures softened by nature over time.


‘Wildwood’ is a collection of wallhangings inspired by the natural woodland found on Scotland’s west coast where a unique habitat is formed of Atlantic hazel and oak. This natural woodland is recognised for its valuable biodiversity, rich with detail, shape and colour. Mosses form thick carpets over rocks and leaning branches. Mottled textures and colours of fungi and lichen on hazel stems are illuminated by light filtering through a dense canopy. 

The depth of woodland is created by layers of detail on bold structures with areas of darkness and light. This is echoed in the screen printing process, each shape and colour was applied one on top of the other using paper stencils. The collection finds a balance between repetitive pattern and the chaos inherent in the natural world. 


Under normal circumstances Eve’s work is influenced by the coast and landscape of west Scotland. During lockdown however, limited to staying in her flat and missing the stimulation of nature, she started to construct imaginary scenes, or settings, within the constrictions of a cardboard box. Each day the scene changed and and with it came a new drawing. As these evolved memories of time spent in Italy, and in particular Venice and the 8000 square meters of gold mosaic that cover the walls, vaults and cupolas of St Mark’s Basilica, started to influence the constructions. The built environment shaped by restrictions of geography and the human ability to create beautiful spaces for social gathering or quiet reflection started to mirror Eve’s experience of lockdown. The Italian word ‘Cortili’ describes enclosed areas typically found within buildings. Eve’s ‘box constructions’ came to represent an escape, a playful imaginary world. Eve’s Cortili collection has the atmosphere of sanctuary in the way an Italian courtyard combines nature with architecture to create harmony.


Through paper stencilling and screen printing, the wallhanging captures, like a map, the varied marks imprinted onto the landscape by one of Mull’s ruined settlements ‘Crackaig’. The remaining stone structures from the settlement create distinctive shapes that are woven together by complex patterns and textures of the natural, wild landscape that makes up Mull's coast. Amongst expanses of subtle colours of violet heathers and green mosses, there are hints of jewel like vibrancy created by new life. 

When creating the ‘Crackaig’ hanging each colour, shape and texture was built layer by layer through a process of paper stencilling, masking and screen printing, capturing the shapes, colours and textures of the old settlement in abstract form. 

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