The essence of who we are as individuals in relationship to others and our given environment forms a strong aspect of artistic practise by Rob Mulholland.
"In Vestige I wanted to explore this relationship further by creating a group, a community within the protective elements of the woods, reflecting the past inhabitants of the space" Says the artist.Before the First World War this area of Scotland was open hillside with small sheep farming Crofts and rural communities. The crofters were moved to other land by the government as
there was a desperate need for timber, the area was planted with fast growing trees suitable for harvesting and the landscape altered once again.
You can still see the some faint outlines of the crofts and past settlements within the woods, this intrigued me and I wanted to find a visual form that would represent the past inhabitants of the land. The human desire to leave a trace of oneself, to project our views and culture for future generations. It's a driving force to
create and leave a semblance of which we are as individuals.
The six male and female figures not only absorb their environment, they create a notion of non - space, a link with the past that forces us both as individuals and as a society to consider our relationship with our natural environment .
Marshall David Lodge