I'm working on a new painting, and possible series of paintings, that revisits the theme of my high school Advanced Higher Art portfolio (2004/05).
That project featured desolate paintings of the contemporary Kinross High School buildings, fully aware that the property was soon to be abandoned for a newly-built campus across town. My paintings aimed to envisage the impending emptiness, while reflecting upon the role that school plays in shaping our lives: The corridors of time, steps to a brighter future, doors opening/closing, etc...
About three years after I finished high school, the new Loch Leven Community Campus burst to life while these old school buildings were abandoned. Due to a number of break-ins, vandals, and arsonists, the old buildings were soon sealed shut - halting the heart of our historic town - centuries of school life now a cemetery.
During the years that followed I have consistently had a school of thought (sorry if that pun ruins this wonderful dialogue!) reflecting upon my time there, curious to revisit the memories that mourn within the boarded-up building, dreading the thought that such significant structures could be destroyed at any moment.
It's now 10 years since I left school, and I'm pleasantly surprised the abandoned buildings that have captivated me for so long are defying demolition.
This new painting is a homage to both my old portfolio and the school that started it. I aim to portray the remains and capture the memories, while relishing the opportunity to reflect upon the role that the buildings played for the people of Kinross.
Illustrating the shoddy exterior is one thing, but I would really enjoy accessing the interior and literally drawing influence from the decaying environment. How haunting would paintings of our crumbling classrooms & corridors be? How has 10 years affected not only the buildings but also my artistic abilities? A fascinating feature of the community newsletter is the historic photos, but how intriguing would then-and-now paintings be?!
Those abandoned buildings may not be safe, and there's no guarantee that the council would consider granting me access, but it's an opportunity I want to chase. After all, once the buildings are gone, I definitely won't be able to revisit them!
Anyone know a suitable P&K council person?