We first discovered the films of Margaret Tait at the NFT in the 1990’s, and I was very pleased recently to be able to buy a collection of her shorter films on DVD. My all-time favourite is the short reel/reel John McFadden – an exercise in joyous anarchic subversive wildness – and I also love Colour Poems. I find her open, poetic, penetrating vision very inspiring, and I’ve just made one or two works based on her texts, including Light music (a one elephant book) from her lyrical voice-over in Terra Firma, a section of Colour Poems.
Light music, one-off artist’s book, signed, open 80cm x 60cm, closed 20cm x 20cm, with cover; handmade papers, watercolour, acrylic and ink. This work has been acquired by the National Library of Scotland for their collection of artists’ books, and I’ll be adding details of shelfmark and visiting opportunities when it has been catalogued.
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