Roots & Rust

The imagery in Pamela Tait’s work is inspired directly from trees. Through the process of pareidolia where one finds familiar faces within an abstract pattern, akin to staring at the clouds and seeing a bunny or a tortoise or a sleeping crocodile by searching within the form and shapes created by each tree, she discovers all of these little (and big) beings. There is a real sense of friendship, of support and love without judgement. Gentle giants . . .

Many of the trees below are dwelling in Glen Affric, and Roots and Rust describes the exposed roots from a wind-blown tree where Pamela lives on the Black Isle. 

The Fairy Glen by Pamela Tait

The Fairy Glen
Pencil and graphite on paper
36.5cm x 34.5cm

Sunny and Shadowy Trees, Glen Affric
Graphite on paper
40cm x 29cm

The Goo-Ass Parade, Glen Affric
Etching on Rives BFK paper
54cm x 26cm

Big Baby at Glen Affric
Etching on paper
46cm x 35.5cm

The wind-blown tree and roots on the Black Isle that inspired the lead image, Roots & Rust.

Lead Image

Roots & Rust
by Pamela Tait
2 plate etching on Rives BFK paper
48cm x 41cm

Creator’s biography

Pamela Tait is a visual artist based on The Black Isle. She received her BA Hons. in Fine Art from Gray’s School of Art and exhibits her work internationally. Her practice mainly focuses on drawing, illustration and printmaking.

During 2020, Pamela found new inspiration in words and lyrics through two collaborative projects. The first, with Glasgow-based writer Douglas Thompson, was supported by Creative Scotland and culminated in the book Oneironauts (Zagava). The second project was with the Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian, and led to the publication of The Belle & Sebastian Lyric Book (Thames & Hudson).

Through the process of pareidolia, Pamela transforms the trees and forests in her local environment into a rich gathering of sweetness and darkness, creating a mass of beings who evoke a sense of her imagined folklore.

Instagram: @pamelataitart