The countryside of the North East of Scotland is a place of work, play and living for a great many people. For those maintaining a creative arts practice, many work directly with their surroundings, but they also work to overcome the isolation of country life. Following her project Empty Shop, which investigated rural retail economies, Eva investigated what the relationship between artists and country living is like? If engendering and engaging with the traditions of rural life, North East culture or country living in general is an important aspect of one's work, then how does an artist translate this for a wider audience? And how does the artist strike a balance between being a part of North East culture and remaining in contact with the rest of the world.
As long as I have the life giving fluid of teaI can start working as soon as I get up. Maggie Craig
Eva Merz: Life, Art and Work in the North East of Scotland