Jean Newman

cas chrom I (2013)
recycled plywood and rope, 150cm x 100cm

cas chrom II (2013)
steamed oak 140cm x 170cm

This exploration of place and space focuses on the Isle of Grimsay with its numerous remaining traces of feannagan, for which the cas chrom was used to prepare the land for potatoes.  Placing a figurative simulacrum of this tool in the landscape pays tribute to the work of past inhabitants in making unpromising land productive.
 
An abstracted cas chrom in oak, steamed at the Grimsay Boat Yard using traditional boat-building techniques, prompts reflection about the complexity of our current lives and whether earlier, simpler ways of living in this place were better.