Paul Eames studied BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting at Camberwell School of Art, London, graduating in 1987. Since then he has combined his practice as an artist with a career in arts development and currently lives and works in Dunblane. In addition, periodically, between 1993 and 2014, he has collaborated with five other artists based in the Forth Valley, under the name of Hanging Together, to create one-off installations and interventions primarily, though not exclusively, in non-art spaces. Paul is interested in how we place ourselves in the world and how we read or present ourselves and our experience. His work is about the objects or ‘things’ and spaces that we make and the stories they tell about our actions, relations and interactions, intended or otherwise. His interest is often focussed on those things that are perhaps least functional (ie ornaments, souvenirs, found images/ cuttings, etc) – the less ‘profound’ of our creations.
Paul will be showing a piece of thought-provoking sculpture that celebrates the human skill and ingenuity of our past while calling on this same ingenuity in solving the climate crisis. By focusing on the invention of the wheel and subsequently flight, Paul reminds us that these inventions at once made the world a smaller proposition but also that we are now having to deal with the environmental consequences. The first powered flight in Scotland was made by the Barnwell Brothers operating out of their workshop in Causewayhead, Stirling. They used pram wheels on that first plane and for Paul the combination of invention, resourcefulness and adventure seemed to resonate with those human qualities that continue to propel us through new developments. It is these same skills that also help us combat adversity in this time of climate crisis.