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margaret uttley

Margaret grew up in the town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Her childhood was heavily influenced by the wide-open spaces of the moorlands; oppressively soot stained, sand stone granite on the steep craggy slopes of the Calder Valley. Initially studying an Art Foundation Course at Percival Whitley College, Halifax, she later completed her Fine Art Degree at Bristol Polytechnic in 1987. Margaret began visiting the Isle of Lewis, with her husband, artist David Knight, whilst researching for her exhibition ‘Mor’, which considered how different communities respond to the moorlands. Aesthetically, Margaret responds to the relationship between the vast sky and Atlantic Ocean, leaving one feeling vulnerable and minute in one’s own existence. The relentless flux of the Atlantic projects a powerfully turbulent exhilaration, which Lewis people have learnt to exist alongside.

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