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Ria Formosa Estuary (commission)

Rita Kermack

I am intrigued by geomorphology and the way landscapes change. I am particularly fascinated by the Scottish coastline where we find habitats with highly specialised ecosystems: rock pools, estuaries, cliffs and beaches. My work aims to shine a light on the fragility and transient nature of these places on which environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution and human construction have a detrimental effect.

My projects are based on fieldwork. I immerse myself in the environment taking note of visual information as well as my holistic experiences while being there. I express my ideas by using experimental methods and materials that allow me to mimic the morphological processes in the landscape. I emboss textured surfaces into copper sheets and douse them into a patina bath before leaving them outside, exposed to the elements, until a satisfying patina has build up. The process is slow and for that part out of my control. Later on I have a chance to manipulate the work that nature had an active part in creating.

Collages and paintings are inspired by my memories and holistic experiences made during my fieldwork. The process is one of contemplation, trial and error, involving an almost rhythmic layering and erasing in order to bring the memories to life.

Sharing my creative process with others is part of my art practice. I always hope that people will find different ways of seeing and looking at our environment and forming deeper connections by doing so.

I graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2021 after retiring from teaching Modern Languages in local primary schools. I have since exhibited with Aberdeen Artist Society, the Society of Scottish Artists, Aberdeen Art Fair, Gallery Heinzel in Aberdeen and the Tatha Gallery in Newport-on-Tay as well as other locations around the Northeast.



Oxide 1
Intertidal Haptic Memories, Dunnottar
Mudflat series
Oxide 2
Intertidal Haptic Memories, Lunan Bay
Intertidal Haptic Memories, St Cyrus