Rory Middleton

Rory Middleton (1977) lives and works in Portobello, Scotland. He studied at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Falmouth School of Art and received his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2006. In his work he uses a collage of elements from architecture, nature, speech and sound depicting subtly shifting and morphing landscapes and wildlife. Recent solo exhibitions include The View, shown both at Cove Park, Scotland (2012), and at The Banff Centre in Canada (2010); and Steady Water, Fogo Island (2012). For his recent solo exhibition in Tromsø, Norway (2012) Middleton constructed a swimming pool that mimicked the architecture of the space and reflected projected images of butterflies, newly released from their pupae. The installation’s soundscape was based on an interview the Canadian architect Arthur Erikson (1924–2009) gave in 1973. Erikson’s reflections on the role of sky, scale and nature in Modernist architecture are a critical element in this projected video piece. Landscape is also a central character in the recent film works: Lessonlands (2008), Searching for Hjetna (2010) and The Eagle (2012).