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Barrier and Conduit

john kellock, visual art, artist, scotland, guatemala, glasgow, music, musician, film, opera, countertenor, painting, installation, contemporary art, ecolibri, anzan, anzan design

Title, 2021, Material(s), Dimensions 30 x 20 x 2 cm

Barrier and Conduit is a multi-disciplinary project that explores human relationships with fluvial ecosystems as metaphorical dividing lines of landscape. Reflecting upon narratives that consider natural resources as fundamental to the mechanics of place, this project oscillates between the poetical and political, fictional and non-fictional as aesthetic experience across continents.

Title, 2021, Material(s), Dimensions 30 x 20 x 2 cm

The title Barrier and Conduit alludes to the bifurcation of land by bodies of water, and how rivers can be a source of complex human and non-human ecologies that intertwine water resiliency with political, social and economical hierarchies.


In 2014, after receiving the RSA William Littlejohn Award for excellence and innovation in water-based media , I began an extensive project that traced a path from the urban Mediterranean port of Barcelona, to the international streets of the Venetian Lagoon, to the Rio Usumacinta home of the howler monkey in Southern Mexico, and finally to the Indigenous occupied Highlands of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. 


Supported by Glasgow Craft Makers Award Scheme and a-n: The Artists Information Company Bursary.

Water etches an ever changing geometry through land and culture. Once the dividing line is formed; on which side do we find ourselves?

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