In 1829 Felix Mendelssohn travelled to Fingal’s Cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Echoing the chamber‘s extraordinary reverberations Mendelssohn was inspired to write the enduringly popular Hebrides overture.
In 2013 I too journeyed to the mouth of this remarkable cavern embarking on a series of responding videos and photographs. As the daylight shifted the ‘boundary’ of this cave was in constant flux, a process I paralleled in the camera by systematically changing the exposure as I shot. For this work I used a process of laser etching to carve the visual image of Fingal’s Cave onto the surface of a vinyl copy of Mendelssohn’s corresponding overture. On the reverse of this record I engraved an inverted version of the same image to further play with ideas of protrusion and concavity, of opening and closing.