The equal fragility of both the built and natural environment fascinates me. Exploring this theme, and focusing on the Palladian ruin of Mavisbank House, I am investigating the building’s long and intriguing history. From a beacon of wealth, art and music at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment, to a burnt-out shell, used as a car dump and frequently vandalised, the building and its grounds have faced many changes over the last 285 years. The house has however, remained a constant in the valley, and small traces of its history remain. It is these traces I am exploring, recreating glimpses into its past.
© Michael Steven 2010