About the talk: The Beach Today began as a daily project formed during the first months of lockdown; a series of photographs of marine objects collected in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, each display collected during strictly-half-hour beach walks. In November 2020 and on the (personal) discovery of a local pebble beach, Christina began noticing the similarities in colour and pattern in the everchanging seascapes and the endless variety of stones. A new daily project was formed, this time pairing one with the other — stone with sea. This talk will share images from both projects and look at the connections between art and geology, and the seemingly instinctive delight we find in picking up pebbles.
Speaker Bio: Christina Riley is an artist based on Scotland’s west coast. Inspired by the essential connections between art, literature and science, her work uses photography, found objects, writing and installations to draw attention to the details of the natural world with a particular focus on the edge of the sea. She has presented solo and group exhibitions across Scotland and in 2019 was longlisted for the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing, before later that year starting The Nature Library (www.thenaturelibrary.com). Her book The Beach Today was published by Guillemot Press in 2021.
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