Boyle Family, Study of Rippled Sand and Black Rocks, Hebrides, 1986

Boyle Family (Mark Boyle, 1934-2005; Joan Hills, b. 1931 Edinburgh; and their children Sebastian and Georgia) Live and work in London.

This work is a fibreglass sculpture based on a random selection of a piece of landscape on the Isle of Coll.

It was made during work on the World Series, a project begun by Mark and Joan in 1968, when they invited friends to a party at their flat and blind-folded guests were invited to throw darts or fire an air-rifle at an unseen map of the world, selecting sites randomly. The artists have visited many of the sites subsequently, where their aim is to carry out the process of random selection and looking at a place, free from their own subjectivity as far as is possible, while simultaneously knowing that it is impossible to completely remove themselves as the artists from the depiction of reality.

The Boyle Family, 'Study of Sand and Black Rocks, Hebrides'

"We are probably best known for our Journey to the Surface of the Earth, in which we go to randomly selected sites all over the world and make a fibreglass sculpture of whatever we find. In the early 1970s we were working on a series in Mull when we met the electrician, who told us that every year he went on his holidays to the neighbouring island, Coll. It took us fifteen years, but eventually we got there and made two or three pieces, including this one." Boyle Family


Artists Biographies

The Boyle family are a family of collaborative artists, Mark Boyle (1934 - 2004) and Joan Hills, and their children Sebastian and Georgia, whose work includes sculpture, painting, films, performances and sound recordings.


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