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David Lemm’s Tear Sheets

Exploring themes of place and identity, David Lemm’s ‘Dislocation’ serves as a reminder of our connection to home and how we might better understand the landscape we exist within
words + artwork – david lemm
location – edinburgh, uk

Tear Sheets is one of our most iconic print features – always on the very last page of each of our print magazines, it houses a special artwork from a great talent, printed in the highest quality on beautiful stock. This page comes perforated at the spine, ready to tear out and frame. Meaning, for the cost of a magazine you also receive a piece of art to cherish forever. This month, we’re looking back to the work of David Lemm, from our third issue. David’s practice spans various processes including printmaking, drawing and collage. Often research led, he is interested in notions of place, landscape, narrative and perception, and frequently explores visual language and symbolic systems to inform his work.

This piece was created during David’s recent time as Jon Schueler Visual Artist in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. During this time he focused on the village planned for the surrounding area; considering the potential changes and reading of the landscape from the past through to the distant future, and the relationship between language, identity and landscape. The piece also responds to David’s sense of dislocation from the world on the remote island location and the experience of being surrounded by the unfamiliar tones of Scottish Gaelic. Born and raised in Scotland, the experience made his home country feel foreign and raised questions of how much he, and the wider population, can ever fully understand the place they are so proud to call home.

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