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© the artist. Photo credit: Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

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Spent brass rifle cartridges, mounted on an acrylic sheet, held in position by wooden facings and supported on a metal frame.

Information about the work from the artist reads: 'Understanding a word is no problem. Sometimes understanding a sentence is no problem. Words are symbols that convey meaning. Meaning changes with emotion and context and that’s where the interest and the problem lies.'

Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture





acrylic, metal, wood, LEDs, spent rifle cartridges & blackboard paint


H 212 x W 49.4 x D 51 cm

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RSA John Kinross Travel Scholarship 2015 Deposit, 2017

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Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

The Mound, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH2 2EL Scotland

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