Richard Bracken is a multi-disciplinary artist who initially trained as a sculptor at Edinburgh College of Art. He now lives and works Lochaber, where he is the lead artist with the arts-based charity Room 13. The artist’s work is a response to places, people, culture and ecology within the Scottish Highlands and typically takes the form of sculptures, photographs, prints or drawings.
Walking is an important part of his practice, which is essentially an ongoing, personal exploration of the more obscure parts of our land. In particular Richard is interested in the idea knowing a place and of memory in the landscape; memory of places, events or paths and the memory of events visible in the land itself.
Footprints, strata, tree-stumps, maps and human stories all feature in his research and consideration, with casting and printmaking being two key ways of developing work.