Common Source

23 x 11 x 0.4cm
Marion Smith RSA

COMMON SOURCE builds on research undertaken by the artist at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther for The Plough and the Reaper (2009), a monumental public sculpture commissioned by Anstruther Town Centre Working Group. In her sketchbook the artist collected the names of vessels built in St Monans, Fife by Walter Reekie or James N Miller & Sons, boatbuilders for over 200 years.

‘The boat building yard of Walter Reekie at the west end of the harbour in St Monans and that of James N. Miller and Sons, Ltd at the east end could hardly turn out fishing boats fast enough to meet the demand.  In addition to North Sea fishing boats, Reekie’s boat yard turned out ‘round the world motor sailer cruisers, designed and built along the lines of the heavy canoe stern North Sea fishing boats to safely weather the worst storms at sea imaginable. The Miller yard in addition to North Sea fishing boats made both ‘round the world sailing yachts and also motor sailer cruisers that included the famous “Fifer” designs. The entire village echoed to the sounds of the men who built these craft which were all truly beautiful creations and works of art.’ -from Scottish Heritage website 

Marion Smith’s public sculpture was completed in 2009 – it would take many years before the jottings in her notebook came to be realised in this peerie monument to the quality and craftsmanship of a lost industry.

2017     Edition 5/6 (limited edition of 6, of which 5 are available)

Two text based works in this Peerie exhibition are experiments with text in bronze to create editioned artworks: digital (COMMON SOURCE) and analogue (VERNAL) techniques.

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