About

I left France at twenty and, except for the first year spent in London, I have been living in Scotland ever since. After a variety of administrative posts, mainly with Edinburgh University, I finally realised my ambition to study art and graduated with BA Hons Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2006. This was followed by the MA in Contemporary Art Theory and the MPhil in Visual Culture which encouraged me to write.

My practice includes both written and visual works, loosely connected by the notion of context.

I write about art and artists. In 2014 I interviewed the renowned Scottish painter Marj Bond for an article commissioned by Art in Healthcare. She then invited me to write the first monograph of her lifework which was released in April 2017 under the title MARJ BOND.

My visual work has been increasingly focusing on words and poetry through my own participatory installation Spinning Poetry. This is a playful apparatus based on found poetry principles which encourages participants to disrupt given poems to make their own.

Found Poetry and its techniques of cutting up and merging texts from different sources, all inform my own experimental poems.

I have been a core member of Heartwood Artists since 2009 and have been showing regularly with them ever since. For our group exhibition we each contribute original works that respond to a site, existing or virtual. This collective is a welcome opportunity to work with others in my otherwise solitary practice.

Contact

contact@martinepugh.co.uk