Amy Rosa McLachlan
I am a live artist based in Scotland working predominantly with found materials, mostly from woods, beaches and parks. I explore the act of shaping an installation intuitively, and create spaces that attempt to heal. One of my main focusses is on creating an open dialogue about conditions that are still viewed with scepticism, ‘invisible’ conditions, using live action and installation. I enjoy playing with perception of time and healing, and how it can be altered and explored through quiet, slow acts. The act of installing structures for the purpose of meditation and reflection stem heavily from my love affair with Carl Jung and his investigations into how contact with ritual and nature affect us on a deeper level of consciousness than we might realise. In late spring 2015 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It’s not a condition that many people know about. It is an incurable condition, the main symptoms being chronic pain and chronic fatigue. In early winter 2015 I was also told that I had an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's. For the past year I have had to walk with a stick as my mobility has worsened. I am now 29 and trying to work out how to navigate my life, and my arts practice in a totally different body.