The Devonian North

Contemplating how our country has been marked and maintained over generations, the book unfolds giving the reader an interpretation of the ancient landscape of Orkney.

A large format meander book printed on Somerset paper featuring polaroids, text and symbolic block prints.

Part of the Metamorphic exhibition. The title of the book is taken from the geographical sub strata of rock which lies under the islands, and nods to the lockdown preoccupation of bulk travel to Devon in England.

Orkney abounded with inspiration – plants, scenery, wildlife -but of particular interest were the henge forms and neolithic remains. What did these structures mean to the people who had ran their hands over the stones for thousands of years?

Reading the Orkneyinga saga, written around 1200CE was a fascinating glimpse into the story of the North

Elaine Robson