Work Site-Specific Gathering: Traquair House, Innerleithen

Gathering: Traquair House, Innerleithen

This installation, part of Reflective Histories, was inspired by the use of moths and butterflies as Jacobite secret symbols. I began by making life-size pen and ink drawings of a selection of moth species. Using a special ‘security ink’ and bespoke rubber stamps made from my moth drawings I printed the Traquair pavilion interior. The ink used is ordinarily invisible but when illuminated with low intensity ultra-violet light it fluoresces. Viewers shone a dynamo torch at the walls to see the work and were only able to see a small part of the bigger picture at any given moment.