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A Narrow Glimpse of Sea


In the autumn of 2021,  I was commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts to write a piece about Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea, to be the foundation for a visual artist to create work to be exhibited in Aberdeen’s Music Hall.  This is the piece of writing and a short account of the collaboration between me and the artist Gill Russell.

From one of the top windows, I can see the sea. It’s only a narrow glimpse through the branches, densely leafed or stark and bare, of the beech tree in a next-door garden. On days of rain the small line of sea melts imperceptibly into water. But seen or unseen I know it’s there, three miles ahead.
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Credit: Gill Russell