Ian Hamilton Finlay
Finlay first made his reputation as a writer, publishing short stories and plays in the 1950s. In 1961, he founded the Wild Hawthorn Press with Jessie McGuffie before he established himself as a concrete poet. He used a wide range of materials to convey his poems, inscribing words in stone, wood, bronze as well as on paper, and his publications played an important role in the dissemination of his work as a visual artist. In light of recent displays of Finlay's work at Tate Britain and at the Sao Paulo Biennial, the presentation of Eileen Hogan's paintings of Little Sparta alongside Finlay's work at Roche Court is timely, especially since we share with him an understanding of the alchemy that can result from siting a work of art within a landscape: always dependent on the time of day, and quality of light and atmosphere, encountering art in a garden setting is a magical, ephemeral experience.