Untitled, 2006, Screenprint
Borland explores conventional perceptions of morality in her practice, by using investigative processes validated with historical evidence. The theme of her print for the Cove Park Portfolio is an extension of work she developed during a residency at Glenfiddich Distillery in 2004, in the Anatomy Acts exhibition at City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, 2006 and which will continue though a three year NESTA fellowship awarded to the artist in May 2006. The print depicts a common ailment for trees growing near distilleries, whose bark is attacked by a black fungus. Borland has transplanted such a tree to Cove Park where it will slowly return to its natural colour. Her print uses both positive and negative versions of a photograph to refer to the tree’s transformation in nature. The horizontal positioning of this symmetrical image also alludes to biophysical patterns such as bronchial structures and branch-like artery networks, relating to the artist’s ongoing interest in the ethics of medical decision-making.