The sharp blue of Emma Caldow’s array of artworks stands out against the muted colours of the hospital corridor. This contrast draws your eye and makes you pause in the busy walkway. Each artwork holds intricate detail, with traces of the coastline with which they’ve been created. Caldow’s use of cyanotype, a form of print-making which uses the UV of the sun to create subtle images and textures, is unique in that she has utilised sea water, sand and wind to produce a distinct form of mark-making. This has created a depiction of the Scottish coastline that is both literal and abstract. From a distance each work could be a bird’s eye view of a section of coast; rocky shore, cliff edge, beach or estuary. Yet, each picture is made up of organic, non-descript shapes and patterns. 

Caldow’s creative method works in collaboration with nature, using ecological elements to forge each artwork. This marks a clear appreciation of and respect for the environment, making the collection very topical and politically aware. As ecological uncertainty rises, Caldow’s work represents the urgent need for art-making that is environmentally conscious and sustainable.  

Phoebe Banks is currently working with GHAT as a Gallery Assistant and is a practicing artist in her own right. Her practice  intersects writing, sculpture and video.  Phoebe is also part of artists’ collective Tactics for Togetherness and creative duo CUSP, a collaboration with artist and friend Jess Wilson-Leigh