Ruth MacPherson

Artist, Highlands, Scotland

Ruth studied Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art before working in Higher Education for 10 years. For the last three years she has been living and working between the Highlands of Scotland and the South of France exploring ideas of journey, return, language and place. The performative aspects of her practice play an important role in her work.


My Documenting Britain project will be a series of portraits of native Gaelic speakers living on the Isle of Lewis and Harris. During the period of the project, I will live on the island and work as a taxi driver.

Two Parallel Universes

It is almost impossible here, on the Isle of Lewis and Harris, not to take beautiful images of landscape. The scale and elemental nature of the landscape, coupled with the…

Ruth MacPherson

A journey to Stornaway

Light falling. In the austere landscape between Easter and Wester Ross, twilight darkens occasionally framing rooms of strange luminous geometry, glimpsed through undrawn curtains…

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The Elephant in the House

My paperwork has cleared with The Western Isles Council, my background checks completed. The final stage of the taxi license process is to…

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Beginnings

Last February I undertook a rushed journey from the South of France to the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. My uncle had died…

Ruth MacPherson